The Military and the Media: A Question of Ethics
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The military and the media have had a rocky association since at least the American Civil War, but the relationship has taken a decidedly negative turn over the past 25 to 30 years. It is the authors assertion that the major factor in this deterioration was the abandoning of basic core ethical values by the government, the military, and the media, especially during the Vietnam War period. This paper defines ethics and ethical conduct for both groups and individuals. It then reviews the history of militarymedia relationships from the Civil War period through Desert Storm from an ethical point of view. The ethical failures of the government, the military, and the media are discussed, concentrating on the Vietnam War. Numerous examples are presented to support the base assumption. The paper concludes by offering some suggestions for improving the relationship.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations