Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Patriotism and the News

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Patriotism and the News

"Geraldo Rivera, now a Fox war correspondent in Afghanistan, has said that he would consider killing Osama bin Laden himself if he came across him...So far, the journalistic legacy of this was would seem to be a debate over what role journalism should play at a time of war. The Fox News Channel is the incarnation of a school of thought that the morally neutral practice of journalism is now inappropriate." (Rutenberg)
Most would agree that when presenting news, it should be unbiased and the opinion made should be that of the viewer. After 9/11, the Fox News Channel has shown an explosive form of patriotism. Along with their support of the war, they have expressed their feelings for revenge against the enemy. This type of behavior portrayed on the news can be very confusing for the viewer. Is the news channel providing news or are they presenting their opinion. Is it fair to allow emotions to get in the way of reporting news?


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