Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: No News is No News

Thursday, March 29, 2007

No News is No News

"News, like nature abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of any other information, journalists in the gulf have often repoted little more than they have been told by governments. The result is an amplification of offical statements that cannot be independently verified and rudimentary explanations for a war that is one of this countryd most fateful undertakings. Despite their valiant effort to do so, the media cannot serve the country well under such conditions."

"but because of the pentagon restrictions they have not so much gotten the story "right" as avoided getting what they have of it wrong. "

"yet for each successful "smart bomb" video publicized by the pentagon now many others reveal weapons that failed to hit their targets?"

To me this artice was very intresting becuase it showed how the media and the government were working togahter but at the same time they are working against eachother so the media is basically having to create something from nothing becuase of the limited stories avaliable to them.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

The media failed to accurately cover the war in part because of the physical limitations created by the military. But the reliance on official sources and the lack of effort to get around these restrictions is troubling. The tough question is why did the mainstream media not fight harder to get the story? Is that the fault of the corporate media? Individual journalists? Or, perhaps more troubling, a lack of demand for real in depth reporting and analysis on the part of the American public which seemed to be content with the official story profided by the government sources.

4/12/2007 11:32 AM  

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