Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Stuart Ewen: War in the Persian Gulf

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stuart Ewen: War in the Persian Gulf

According to Stuart Ewen the Gulf War had a series of television management skills conducted by the U.S. government for the mass media to follow. The reason being was the Bush administration did not want to lose public support like the Vietnam War in the past. Ewen says, "In the first hours of war, the media obeyed completely. The script for the first night was tightly managed; "factored down, canalized, compressed and made uniform." (Ewen 4) What amazes me about the whole situation is that I can understand why the Bush administration would censor what is seen or heard publicly. But, where does the government draw the line, when should the public be able to see the negative side of the war and the human casualties that the United States has taken. I think that the people of this country deserve to hear and see the truth at all times no matter the circumstance.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

An idealistic point. Should there be no limitations on coverage during wartime? What about operational security? What if it threatens to turn the public against a just war? If the negative news was played over and over what would happen to the morale of the population and the military?

5/08/2007 10:55 AM  

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