Theories & Links

Debunking Prewar Intelligence Falsehoods...Why the president's claims that 'everyone was mistaken' just aren't true; and the difference between pressure and manipulation.

War on Terror Catchphrases...Linguistics professor George Lakoff dissects the "war on terror" and other conservative catchphrases

The Rhetoric of Bush’s "War" on Evil...The president’s rhetorical strategy for constituting a moral majority was obvious to everyone. Newsweek’s lead article in its April 26, 2004 edition, for instance, was entitled "The Gospel According to George," the point of which was that Bush’s faith would "guide him – in Iraq and at the polls."

Who's winning the war on terror coverage?...The Australian crows that it's leading the pack in terror reporting - but is it because it's the Government's favoured media outlet, or the result of good old fashioned gumshoe journalism?

Can you trust a journalist?...Journalists must be prepared to take responsibility for the impact their reporting will have. Liberal theory of balance and fairness need to be updated if it is still to work in our media-savvy society.



Resources: Reporting the War On Terror


This is a human security project to establish an independent and comprehensive public database of media-reported civilian deaths in Iraq resulting directly from military action by the USA and its allies. This database includes up to 7,299 deaths which resulted from coalition military action during the "major-combat" phase prior to May 1st 2003. In the current occupation phase the database includes all deaths which the Occupying Authority has a binding responsibility to prevent under the Geneva Conventions and Hague Regulations. This includes civilian deaths resulting from the breakdown in law and order, and deaths due to inadequate health care or sanitation.

Media Under Fire: Reporting Conflict in Iraq

A briefing paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library on embedded journalists

The Media and Iraq: an archive January to May 2003

Press performance in the second Gulf War became a major story itself, as evidenced by the number of articles on the media. As the Pentagon moved to allow reporters the chance to go along side military units, the press promised the most close, immediate coverage of any war to date. The results ranged from to telling to tragedy. Here are links to over 500 stories on the media that the Project for Excellence in Journalism collected through the conflict.

FAIR on the War on Terror

Articles from FAIR, the US national media watch and media activism group.

Reporting the World

Since 2001, Reporting the World has brought senior professional journalists together with experts and analysts from universities and NGOs, for discussions about reporting conflict. Lots of resources including a good section on Peace Journalism

Alternet: Iraq

The alternative news site Alternet collects varried views on the War on Iraq

Jessica Lynch: Media Myth-Making in the Iraq War

Project for Excellence in Journalism examines how the Lynch saga grew and changed in the media over time.

Embedded Reporters: What Are Americans Getting?

A Project for Excellence in Journalism analysis of embedded coverage found it was largely anecdotal, combat-focused and live and unedited.

Media Channel

Danny Schechter's site contains his ongoign analysis of the war in Iraq and the war on terror plus a range of other media issues. Also check out the site of his film Weapons of Mass Deception



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