Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: A Media War

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Media War

"From the moment Bush committed troops to Saudi Arabia on August 7, the
Administration never intended to allow the press to cover a war in the Persian
Gulf in any real sense,and it intended to tightly manage what coverage it would
permit." (Second Front) John R. Macarthur pg.5-6.

The Gulf War from the beginning was not going to be like previous wars before it. From the time President Bush announced that America was going to war he believed that this time America would be ready. America would go into this war with nothing holding them back or restricting their strength. The government strategically only let the media in on certain aspects. They wanted the war to be portrayed as America being the liberator of this uncivilized culture with no democracy. This is where America and Saudi Arabia had more in common then they realized. America this land of democracy was restricting their press coverage of the war. During war-times citizens rights goes out the window, because freedom of press was highly put to a stand-still.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

How did the government achieve this goal? How did the media and the public react? Step beyond recognizing that the media did not get much access to the war and start to discuss the politics and dynamics of the relationship between the media, the military and the public.

4/14/2008 1:28 PM  

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