Beyond the Front Lines: How the News Media Cover a World by P. Seib

By P. Seib

The hot battle with Iraq has had the best effect on journalism because the Vietnam struggle. sooner than the subsequent warfare arrives, how the scoop media disguise clash -- and overseas affairs extra typically -- may be scrutinized. The questions explored during this publication comprise: * have been embedded reporters' stories from Iraq overused and was once context sacrificed in want of drama? * Is the connection among information companies and the Pentagon too comfortable? * Has Al-Jazeera's influence been underestimated? * Is the web superseding different media? * Has public international relations develop into mired in clumsy propaganda? * Do coverage makers know the way information insurance impacts worldwide politics? past front strains examines information assurance of contemporary warfare, with specific emphasis at the functionality of newshounds throughout the 2003 U.S.-Iraq battle. It additionally analyzes the connection among information assurance and American overseas coverage, in addition to how globalization is reshaping the scoop company. Philip Seib additionally describes the altering applied sciences and ethics of recent conflict, indicates methods reporters may possibly perform their task larger, and gives a brand new standpoint at the position of the scoop media in a high-tech, globalized, and unsafe international.

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But given the proliferation of advanced weapons technology, this principle could become the springboard for any number of wars in the near future. Policy makers face the task of dealing with different kinds of threats and explaining the distinctions among the threats to the public. Why attack Iraq but allow provocative behavior by North Korea and Iran? At what point should India and Pakistan be considered to be threats to more than each other? The list of questions will grow and the answers will do much to define the state of the world in the coming years.

Nevertheless, the news media contribute to collective ignorance through inadequate coverage. The American public’s limited knowledge of European affairs is a good example of this problem because, from many Americans’ standpoint, Europe is the least “foreign” part of the rest of the world. To contemplate the public’s even greater lack of knowledge about Asia, Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere is to look into a bottomless chasm. The Bush Doctrine One of the key elements of changed American policy in the post-9/11 era is the broadening of military options and the increased willingness to employ substantial military force in pursuit of policy goals.

31 News executives might bask in this rare approval, but while everyone is feeling patriotically warm and fuzzy the journalistic product suffers. Certainly, the people who run news organizations are concerned about circulation and ratings, but over the long run they might find that courting popularity is more costly than resisting the emotions of the moment. Eventually, the public might realize the value of objective presentation of the news and feel deceived if they have been getting something else.

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