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Nacos, Brigitte Lebens
Selling fear : counterterrorism, the media, and public opinion / Brigitte L. Nacos, Yaeli Bloch-Elkon, and Robert Y. Shapiro
Alternate Title Counterterrorism, the media, and public opinion
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2011
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Subject(s) War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
War on Terrorism, 2001-2009, in mass media
National security -- United States -- History -- 21st century
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- 21st century
Subject(s) Mass media and public opinion -- United States
Physical Description xv, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-232) and index
Contents The news as commodity, public good, and political manipulator -- Selling fear: the not so hidden persuaders -- Civil liberties versus national security -- Selling the Iraq war -- Preventing attacks against the homeland -- Preparing for the next attack -- Mass-mediated politics of counterterrorism -- President Obama: underselling fear?
Summary While we have long known that the strategies of terrorism rely heavily on media coverage of attacks, this is a look at the role played by media in counterterrorism, and the ways that, in the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration manipulated coverage to maintain a climate of fear. Drawing on in-depth analysis of counterterrorism in the years after 9/11, including the issuance of terror alerts and the decision to invade Iraq, the authors present a compelling case that the Bush administration hyped fear, while obscuring civil liberties abuses and concrete issues of preparedness. The media, meanwhile, largely abdicated its watchdog role, choosing to amplify the administration's message while downplaying issues that might have called the administration's statements and strategies into question. The book extends through Hurricane Katrina, and the more skeptical coverage that followed, then the first year of the Obama administration, when an increasingly partisan political environment presented the media, and the public, with new problems of reporting and interpretation. This book is an analysis of the intertwined failures of government and media and their costs to our nation
Series Chicago studies in American politics
Alternate Author Bloch-Elkon, Yaeli
Shapiro, Robert Y., 1953-

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