For Power

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Professor Settle
GOVT 201
8 November 2013
War and Public Opinion
The presentation of the news is a great responsibility. Reporters generally hold themselves and each other to a high standard of fair and balanced reporting. Often times whether intentional or not, reporters personal opinions will cause them to frame their information in favor of one political party or the other. Political spin can be especially powerful during times of war, when the nation’s passions are running high and the lives of our country’s young men and women are on the line. The justification to invade Iraq was based on flimsy intelligence provided by the Bush administration. Leading up to the invasion, news reporters working with this same flimsy information, presented the American people with the Bush administrations justifications for war. In this paper I will show how the way in which an argument is framed can sway public opinion. My topic will specifically examine how the justification for the Iraq war was framed by the Bush administration. In order to do so, I will explain how a majority of American people get their news. I will also cite examples where the framing was so effective that people would have trouble coming to terms with the fact that they were misled, even after being presented with factual evidence.
Before we get into the specific questions about the war, we need to cover how and why we get information from the media. So how do Americans get their news information? According to a recent Gallup poll by Lydia Saad, 55% of American’s obtain their news from television news networks. The next closest challenger is the internet at 21%. Not even .5% of people claimed to obtain their news independently (Saad 2013). Why do American’s rely on the news media for their news? The answer is simple; most individual people cannot independently gather and verify news on…...

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