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Media & Propaganda: The 20th Anniversary of the US War in the Gulf

January 11, 2011

For the 20th anniversary of the US War in the Persian Gulf, Al Jazeera has produced an excellent investigation into the role of the US media during the building of that war and during the war.

The Al Jazeera video is important not just because it sheds light on history, but because it provides insight for how we all should critically view the current news coverage of the US occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

For anyone who wants to find out more about the US media coverage of the 1991 Gulf War here are some additional resources:

Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, by John MacArthur

The Center for Media and Democracy has an excerpt from the book Toxic Sludge is Good For You: Lies, Damn Lies and the PR Industry

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting also has a good archive of analysis of the major US news outlet coverage of the US war in the Persian Gulf

GRIID documented the local TV coverage of the US war/invasion on Afghanistan in 2001 and the local TV/newspaper coverage of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. These reports demonstrate how the shift in coverage in the 1991 Gulf War became a standard for how the US government deals with news media and how news media tends to be a mouthpiece for government propaganda.


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