Five years on: media’s role in Iraq

Christian Science Monitor
by staff

03/19/08

This fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq offers a chance to look at how the US media has portrayed the war. Mostly they have done well, but they’ve also played an unwitting role in the subtle battle to influence public opinion. Despite their best efforts to be credibly neutral and act as the eyes and ears on a distant war, journalists must also contend with efforts by both the Pentagon and insurgents in Iraq to practice what experts call ‘information operations,’ or IO — attempts to sway media reports. … The US government, too, can influence how reporters frame the war’s story line. The press already stands accused of not doing enough before the war to probe the Bush administration’s arguments for the invasion, whether it was Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons or the prospects of implanting democracy in Iraq. Hollywood has even made movies, such as Redacted, to make up for what it sees as lack of coverage...

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