Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Second Front, Operation Desert Muzzle

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Second Front, Operation Desert Muzzle

In chapter five of Second Front, Operation Desert Muzzle the author talks about how the media was well censored during the period of the war. I happen to agree with media censorship during any war. The media can have a strong influence on the public's viewpoint on war. I don't feel that the media should have such a strong influence on military affairs. In Vietnam the returning soldiers were brutally abused by the protestors. That shouldn't happen to American soldiers. And because the Gulf War was censored for the most part it prevented another Vietnam from happening. In Vietnam the media had such an influence on the American public that it created anti-war rallies and protesting. Even though their was some protesting and anti-war rallies going on during the Gulf War it was nothing like the Vietnam War. Alot of reporters during the Gulf War weren't sure if they wanted to take the risk and get involve in reporting the war. Most of them got the information they needed right from Washington. In the Gulf War the soldiers coming home were considered heroes in contrast to the way they were treated in Vietnam. Alot of that had to do with the government's strategy of censoring the activities that went on during the Gulf War.

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