Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Pentagon's Strategy for the Press

Monday, April 24, 2006

Pentagon's Strategy for the Press

In this article by James Lemoyne , he reported that the Pentagon had been censoring reporters in how to report on the Gulf War. The restrictions that were placed on reporters were prohibiting them from traveling to units without a military escort and requiring stories to be cleared by military censors .
Reporters complained that "the rules limit their ability to gather information independently and by not allowing them to get close enough to the action or the people involved , obstruct informed and objective reporting."
This was a problem because our media should be without bias .People are entitled to objective reporting so that they could independently come up with their own conclusions not be swayed in the direction that favors the war.
What is the most disturbing about this article is the fact that Pentagon officials warned reporters" who asked hard questions that they would be seen a anti military " They were threatening the reporters that if they do not cooperate their accessibility to interviews would have been in jeopardy .
America is a " democracy " , why did they censor the news . This is something Stalin or a dictator would do . It is written in our constitution that there should be freedom in the press then why were they so strongly and severely censored.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Stalin's treatment of journalists was quite a bit rougher than anything in this country. Government censorship during the Gulf War was mostly limited to controlling access to the front through the pool system. An efficient method for keeping the press in line. Can you see any justification for this system?

4/24/2006 11:28 PM  

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