How the media covered the war in Iraq

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How the media covered the war in Iraq . . . before, during and . . . . . . after.

"The U.S. news media covered the war in Iraq the same way they cover the Olympics-with red, white, and blue trappings, human interest stories, bombastic theme music, and an almost total focus on American accomplishments at the expense of any international context. Around the clock coverage gave the illusion of telling and showing everything and made us forget how little we actually knew." --Henry Jenkins, Technology Review, May 2, 2003.

Words About "Images"

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld "actually need the media now more than ever," wrote Gal Beckerman in the March 2006 Columbia Journalism Review CJR Daily. Although the "conventional wisdom ... is that this administration views the press as vampires view garlic," White House criticisms of the media "have become essential to the administration's contention that progress is being made." The effect of this argument, Beckerman writes, is to sugggest that "We're not seeing car bombs ripping entire blocks apart and blowing dozens of Iraqis to bits. We're seeing images of car bombs ripping entire blocks apart and blowing dozens of Iraqis to bits. ... Because the violence is only 'on their television screens,' it's as if it does not actually exist out there in the world; it is only the 'image' of violence. ... There's no doubt the administration would love more images of Iraqi children playing in the street. But this same derision of the media also serves a purpose in itself in the administration's campaign to win over the home front. If the media cannot be trusted, then we shouldn't trust what we think we know about Iraq. Instead, the administration is saying, just trust us." [1]

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