Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: The Unseen War

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Unseen War

"Shortly after the war, according to Peter Van Sant, a CBS correspondent in London, his network seriously considered showing some of it in a week-long series entitled "The Unseen War." The idea was dropped, however, because two days after the war there were not enough combat correspondents left in Saudi Arabia to put the program together." (Fialka p.6)

For as far back as can be remembered, for as long as governments have been interacting with the media, throughout the course of any international conflict, the pentagon and other organizations have been withholding facts from civilians in attempt to sway public opinion. It is always fascinating to hear that the government will keep its own peoples in the dark about hard data in order to maintain consistent support of a war effort. These ideas are only all too familiar to us as Americans; however, our county's management of dealing with the media makes sense.

While some want to be exposed to all the raw coverage of a war, many others would rather pass on the opportunity of experiencing more than they have to. Personally, I believe that programs like the ones mentioned in the quotation SHOULD be put on the air that way individuals may be in control of what they're exposed to, and not the government.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

Nice illustration, always give credit to the artist if possible, or at least a link to the site.

The quote you cite is not about government censorship. Who was stopping CBS from creating this show? --Not the government.

4/13/2008 9:57 PM  
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