Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Is Controlling the Media a Bush Trait?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Is Controlling the Media a Bush Trait?

In Manipulating Hearts and Minds, Schiller writes: "the United States, with its enormous media system operating with state-of-the-art technologies, has been as closed as a society could be to information, facts, and opinion which in the slightest challenged the national war policy...the Bush Administration and the military were so successful in controlling information about the war they were able to tell the public just about what they wanted the public to know."

It seems like both former President Bush and President George W Bush (and their Administrations) have a great skill in only letting the media know what they want it to. Have other presidents been so successful in controling the media? Have they realized from past blunders during other conflicts that the media would be an important thing to have a handle on, and therefore honed their skills early?


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Great pictures.

Can we really say that any president can control the press? Is it a failure of the media or a failure of the public? Considering the size and power of the American news media can we really say that any presidential administration could "control" a press that really wanted to get at the facts? Certainly every president does his best to influence and shape coverage of the issues, but the fault lies not in our presidents but in ourselves and in the media that pretends to serve us.

4/05/2006 11:59 PM  

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