Fwd: Pentagon Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad

From: Steve Drew (srdrew_1@hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 21:28:17 GMT

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    Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2002 11:07:18 -0500
    From: "Wade T.Smith" <wade_smith@harvard.edu>
    Subject: Fwd: Pentagon Readies Efforts to Sway Sentiment Abroad

    Hi Wade.

    I can't say i'm suprised, nor is it unexpected. Since the Falklands and the
    revelations of what has emerged about the operations vs what we were told at
    the time, i automatically assume that in conflicts the government is lying
    (more than usual, or is that too cynical?).
    In some respects this media manipulation can be traced back to the negative
    coverage that emerged in the Vietnam war etc, which i'm sure your aware of.
    The second is that governments now have more control over how the media
    operates in conflict zones. IMO, this is due in part to governments desire
    to control information, not necessarily for sinister reasons, and that the
    conflicts that have gone on since the Falklands have not been what i would
    call conventional. I.e it can be difficult to tell combatents from
    non-combatents, (proved useful for Bush as well), making war reporting a far
    more dangerous job than it already was. Loving your job is one thing but
    dying for it is another when you are not sure who is who in a conflict.

    Shades of Anthem from Dirk Gently? - they should wish!

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