Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Penatgon's Strategy for the Press.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Penatgon's Strategy for the Press.

I agree with the Pentagon's decision to censor the media during the Gulf War. In this reading the author talks about how the Pentagon censored the media during the war. The Pentagon controlled everything from which American units can be visited by reporters, how long a visit will last, which reporters can make the visit and what the reporters may say. What the television can show and what can be written. The Pentagon also looked closely at media coverage and made sure that the coverage was in the favor of what the Pentagon wanted. The Pentagon also black balled many reporters who asked hard, difficult questions concerning the war. Sometimes though the military spoke freely about themselves when feeling like it. The Pentagon felt most concerned about television coverage. "On camera" interviews were done because the military didn't like what was being portrayed. Other times the military staged events for the television cameras this was done to make sure the Pentagon got in what they wanted to get in. In the Gulf War the Pentagon put together the pool system. This was a system that grouped reporters in small bands or pools by the Pentagon and were sent around in guided tours specifically created by the Pentagon. The reporters that weren't in the pools were sought of left out in Saudi Arabia. They had relatively no knowledge of what was going on. The pool system was a good system for a short war but not a long one. Mainly because after a while the reporters would break away from the pools and venture out on their own. The pool system was put together to have some sort of control over the media and not allow another Vietnam from happening. Where the society held protest and anti-war rallies against the war.

2 Comments:

Blogger Denisse said...

I think that he Pentagon absolutely looked closely at media coverage to make sure that the coverage was in the favor of what the Pentagon wanted. They really had control and exercised it. I think that on behalf of the Pentagon it was a smart plan or method but when it comes to me as the viewer I don't like it at all.

4/09/2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good substantive post.

True, from the Pentagon's perspective the pool system worked quite well. For Americans who supported the war there was no problem with censorship. For Americans opposed to the war the system was a travesty. For Americans who are concerned about the freedom of the press in a democracy, about the role of the press as a check on the war-making powers of the executive, it was a dangerous precedent and a threat to an open society based on an informed public.

4/09/2006 9:40 PM  

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