Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Censorship in the Gulf Part 1

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Censorship in the Gulf Part 1

In Peter Braestrup's interpretation of our authors main idea in Hotel Warriors by John J. Fialka we learn about censorship during the First Gulf War, more popularly known as Operation Desert Shield and Storm. Mr. Fialka relates the experience of Mr. Fialka from the Grenada debacle to his coverage of Desert Storm specifically. He prepares us for the notion that media today is sometimes shut out because of its unending thirst for airtime. Looking back in history media coverage of our nations wars have been largely censored but in different ways usually. By the time of the Gulf War, General Schwarzkopf's central command had a taste not to trust the media. During the time the leaders of the United States wanted to ensure everyone that this war would not be another Vietnam. A war which arguably got a great deal of freedom for coverage and slammed the military far too often. The name of the book itself really describes whats to happen in coming chapters. Hotel Warriors they were, often confined to limited areas, waiting great lengths of time for press conferences with commanders. The first Gulf War and the one today are the first to be censoring a mob of news giants bent on reporting the news good or bad. Theme being that such actions were good for both the servicemen and women as well as our civilians at home and abroad.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post, but you are trying to cover too much ground here. Choose one key point; present it; analyze it.

4/14/2008 2:44 PM  

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