Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Good News or No News

Monday, April 10, 2006

Good News or No News

this article written by LeMoyne basically is talking about all of the restrictions that were put on the media and how they were really unable to tell the real story. The military would arrange these meetings or press pools where the story would be told to the media in the way that made the story persuasive and make the public support the war. The media then had to show its report to military censors and make sure that it was okay for television. The story that finally came out was a watered down version of what is really going on. "Reporters covering the coalition forces in the Persian Gulf region are operating under restrictions imposed by the United States military that, among other things, bar them from traveling without a military escort, limit their forays into the field to small escorted groups called pools, and require all reports to be cleared by military censors" (LeMoyne). The news coverage that we got during the first Gulf War was a more watered down than the coverage we have for this war. The news during the first war was almost like it was scripted and set up so that the military and government always seemed to look like it was doing the right thing so that public support would always be there. That is why the public could never really form a true opinion on the war, because the government was controlling what they saw and learned about the war. Although it is still going on today a little bit, we still are able to find out the truth about what is really going on through other sources.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote.

Which other sources? What has changed? Why can't the government influence the media coverage in the same way as it did during the first Gulf War? Was all of the coverage positive during the war?

4/11/2006 3:29 PM  

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