THE MEDIA & KOREA: WAR COVERAGE ANALYSIS
SIMPLY BY MARIELLEN DIEMAND
" To speak the truth, there has to be two people. Person to speak that and someone to hear it. ” HENRY DAVID THOREAU
Thoreau reminds us that in order for generally there to be real truth in our lives there must be anyone to speak that first. We as a contemporary society assume these truths will be freely written by those who manage our nation and those whom keep all of us informed – those were supposed to be able to depend on and trust. In a time of conflict, free speech comes underneath fire by our government in the kinds of censorship, false reporting and untruths and unbalanced news. The truth required for a vibrant democracy has dissipated, leaving behind an antiseptic and sanitized version of the conflict in Korea, brought to all of us by mass media corporations – often referred to as " mouthpieces intended for the US government”. " Mainly, it works like that in practice since countless press – if they're flag-wavers at Sibel News or liberal sophisticates at NPR News – keep allowing authorities determine the bounds of suitable empathy and moral concern, ” said Norman Solomon, a nationally syndicated columnist on multimedia and national politics, on April 17, 2003 in Media Beat. Throughout the conflict with Iraq, there were a large number of questions regarding the function of the American media. Several would argue that their role was to inform, but after a multitude of false reports, a contract signed by simply embedded reporters with the Pentagon on " playing by the rules” and a pro-war sentiment buzzing throughout wire news sites, it would seem as though objective credit reporting was the last consideration inside the " rush to be first” to inform the public. " If the first a couple weeks of the coverage was any indication, this war might be a case study inside the failure of success by U. S. journalism, ” said Robert Jensen, writer for The Progressive, in the height from the conflict. you " …There was no meaningful debate on the main news shows of CBS, DASAR, NBC or PBS…The multimedia didn't even provide the direct facts very well, ” said Jensen. a couple of Now that the war has come to an end and the U. T. occupation has begun, twenty-four hour a day protection of the battle has been changed by sporadic clips of troops guarding the cities of Iraq and of individuals troops luckily enough to be coming back home. The embedded reporters have go back to their sites and more emphasis is being positioned on national going-ons, the SARS virus and North Korea. So where do we go from here? Do we basically forget about the " reporting” that occurred in Korea – the one-sided, devoted sentiment that was evident in newscasts and the a large number of false studies on chemical weapons as well as the fall of Iraqi metropolitan areas? It is important for the nation, today more than ever, to reflect on the data that was served to them about the conflict – the analysis simply by ex-military generals serving because " reliable” sources as well as the misrepresentation of Iraqi casualties and Iraqi voices. It is necessary to discuss exactly where our press' and government's priorities had been throughout this kind of war and hope that individuals can mix enough dialogue so as to alter press procedures, inviting the possibility for available debate – that which is vital to democracy. We have came into an ideal moment for this reflection and change to happen – a time when our eyes are no longer sore from watching constant bombing, but are now accessible to see the real devastation of war plus the consequences of misinformation and infotainment. 1 www.progressive.org/may03/jen0503.html two ibid © 2003 Press Education Foundation. This article could possibly be reproduced on the nonprofit basis for educational purposes only.
ROLE IN THE PRESS " In wartime the press is always section of the problem. When the nation goes toward war, the press matches it…the blather on CNN or Sibel or MSNBC is a part of a long and sad custom. ” a few CHRIS SHRUBS | reporter for The New York Occasions In December 2001, a few months following your terrorist disorders of September 11th, Solomon noted, " the mind-boggling bulk of media stations are actually serving as amplification devices for Washington's...