Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Rivals Criticize CNN Method of War Reporting

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Rivals Criticize CNN Method of War Reporting

In Rutenberg and Carter's article Rivals Criticize CNN Method of War Reporting, they talk about how CNN owns the satellite dish but it is shared with Al Jazeera. "In return, CNN will get exclusive interviews with an English speaking Al-Jazeera corresspondent based in Kandahar". CNN struck this deal to get pictures and interviews that other network that are in compeition wiith them cant get. Furthermore, for several weeks Iraqi goverenment only allowed CNN to report in Badhdad. This gave CNN the upper hand they would get the story first and report it. Their were some limitations on CNN though. Peter Arnett who was a correspondent was limited. "They said the network alreadily accpeted restrictions placed upon it by Baghdad- which closely monitored Mr. Arnett and limited his movements to places and events that supported its version of events- in a return for acess". This shows that CNN did have to follow rules and had to be limited. Another limitation that CNN had was when they left their gear on foreign soil to get access to the war that was going on. "Something they say they are prohibited from doing by their own guidelines". This statement shows that there are rules and guidelines that they need to follow and their is a limit to what they can do. CNN has ties to Al Jazeera which gives them an advantage, but they also have "World Reports" this is a conferencein which foreign governemnt officials appear. This has proved to help CNN a lot, to pave a way for CNN to make a deal for acess with Baghdad. "CNN plays to win".


Blogger A. Mattson said...

CNN has had advantages and seeks aggressively to maintain them, but there are economic limitations as well as political limitations. CNN has its own guidelines and it is bound by restrictions created by the Pentagon as well, just like the other networks.

5/03/2006 11:50 PM  

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