Mass Media Turns America Against The War? Video News Blog (13 min)
Has the mass media turned against America when it comes to fighting wars? The Iraq war has once again spotlighted the role of the mass media in manipulating public opinion against wars. Full Disclosure Network™ (FDN) presents a thirteen minute video news blog revealing how wars have been covered by the media. FDN explores what the role of the media should be and the reasoning behind the establishment media’s negative coverage of the war. The video news blog is available FREE, provided as a public service at the link below to this URL: http://www.fulldisclosure.net/flash/VideoBlogs/37.php
*Dr. James Q. Wilson, Ronald Reagan Chair, Pepperdine School of Public Policy.
*Prof. Murray Fromson, Annenberg School of Communications, (former CBS War Correspondent)
*Alan Bock, Sr. Editorial Writer, OC Register
Following a presentation entitled “War & The Mass Media” by Dr. James Q. Wilson at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Full Disclosure™ interviewed senior high school students from Simi Valley, California, Mark Lewis, Caleb Hargis, Reiley McClendon and Mark Sweeney regarding their reaction.
Dr. Wilson, succinctly defines the modern mass media as portraying a negative image of America, starting with the war in Viet Nam. Citing the media’s effectiveness in turning the attitudes of Americans against the war in Viet Nam, Dr. Wilson warns that our enemies now know that they can use our own American media as an ally to win against our US Armed Forces.
The students give their understanding of Dr. Wilson’s message by offering their opinions regarding the power of the mass media. They also share their thoughts about the need for citizens and individuals to analyze media reports for accuracy to determine if they are merely presenting negatives to influence public opinion and public policy.
Moderated by Emmy Award winning host Leslie Dutton and billed as “the news behind the news” Full Disclosure™ cable television programs and Internet Video News Blogs have been featured on 43 cable systems and the Internet since 1992. In 2002 the Full Disclosure special series “L. A.’s War Against Terrorism” was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a local Emmy Award for a public affairs, informational series. Channels and airtimes can be found on the website at www.fulldisclosure.net.
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