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The press march to war : newspapers set the stage for military intervention in post-World War II America

by Hallock, Steven M.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN4888.P6 H35 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN4888.P6 H35 2012
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 070.449 HAL
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  070.449 HAL
The 2003 war against Iraq was not the first instance of a president taking the nation into foreign conflict assisted by a submissive Congress and national press corps that did not adequately challenge the case for intervention. All foreign U.S. military action since World War II has been undertaken without the constitutionally required declaration of war, and with the support of the national press corps. Factors behind this press complicity - which is at odds with the traditional press role of watchdog over government policies - include political, economic, and national security ideologies the press shares with administration and government officials - the same sources upon whom the press relies for credible information.
Sending troops to fight in foreign lands is the most difficult, and most important, decision a president can make. Assisting this decision has been a press that, in failing to meet its watchdog responsibility during this key pre-war period, has instead helped construct and maintain a war agenda. With a comprehensive overview of all conflicts from the Korean War to intervention in Libya, this book examines the supportive relationship of press to power in building a conflict rationale during the vital period leading up to combat.
Additional Information
Series Mediating American history ; v. 10.
Subjects Press and politics -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Government and the press -- United States.
Journalism -- Objectivity -- United States.
War -- Press coverage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
War -- Press coverage -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Militarism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Militarism -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Publisher New York :Peter Lang,2012
Language English
Description xviii, 293 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-277 and index.
ISBN 9781433113765 (hardcover : alk. paper)
1433113767 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781433113758 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1433113759 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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