Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Second Front-Controlled Access to the war

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Second Front-Controlled Access to the war

The media was controlled in their acess to the war in terms of the pool system. Not only did this control their access, but it also controlled what they published about the war. If the media went about publishing bad things, then their access would get shut off. Chapter One of Second Front discusses how the pool system works and how is involed. The pool system was used for a few reason. The first of which was that it was cheaper for the economy and at the same time it allowed access to the war through only a few reporters.These reporters would go to the war, see what they could see, and then come back and report to other reporters. This created a sense of equalization in what the media was alloed to find out about the war. In terms of it being economically cheaper, the reporters who were able to go were given protection by the government and the government even typically paid for their costs to cover the war. This saved the media a lot of money.
The pool system also created a sense of censorchip. This censorship couldn't technically be blamed on the government since they technically weren't the ones doing the censoring. Instead, the media was forced to censor themselves. The US did not even control the access to the war-Saudi Arabia did. So, the media had to show respect to Saudi Arabia. Without showing respect, they ran the risk of being shut off from any and all information. This helped the US because they didn't want to be the ones be accused of censoring. . Therefore they didn't want control of the media.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

There was military censorship of pool reports, but yes, self-censorship by reporters is more effective.

The pool system would have been fine if the news media could have also had other reporters supplementing the pool reporting with independent accounts by unchaparoned reporters covering the news as they saw fit.

The pool system did produce information about the war, it was just limited and controlled by the pentagon's ability to manage the pools access to the war.

4/05/2006 10:48 PM  

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