Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: How to Change the News on Iraq

Thursday, April 20, 2006

How to Change the News on Iraq

The writer of this article is trying to make a point that the media should put a positive spin on their reporting's of the war.Bad situations are always better than they look and "human beings, even in the worst of times, try to go about their business and are quite heroic in their efforts to make life as normal as possible. I believe like many others that this way of thinking helped many Americans get through the events of 9/11.When they talk of the war they should see the positive aspects and not the destruction and fatalities. I feel that the war has gotten to the point were many people are not even focusing on the war as much as they once did. When the war first began it seemed everyone was glued to their televisions and reading up on the war. Now it seems people have moved on with their lives as the writer describes. I guess it is almost in our nature to adjust to events in our lives. I really liked his closing quote- "Changing the news won't change the situation. Improving the situation will change the news." It shows that we make our own news not the media.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

The author is criticizing the tendency to blame the messenger for bad news. The Bush administration and its allies claim that the media has been ignoring the "good" news of Iraqi reconstruction and democracy. The article concludes that the lack of positive facts on the ground is what really shapes the coverage.

Back here on the home front we can debate all day long about what is really happening over there. But I think that it is difficult to believe that all of the hundreds of reporters covering the war are willfully ignoring the positive accomplishments of the American occupation of Iraq. Spinning it does not make it so.

4/24/2006 9:53 PM  

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