Accession Number:

ADA357762

Title:

The Media: An Influence on U.S. Foreign and Military Policy by Any Other Means.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-05-21

Pagination or Media Count:

68.0

Abstract:

Advancements in communications and technology have served as a nurturing womb for the birth and subsequent growth of the modern media. Although fledgling in comparison to the environment in which it exists, this being is exerting significant influence on a powerful and patriarchal institution the U.S. Government. This institution, itself born out of revolution and a quest for liberty and freedom, has traditionally formulated and executed policy with relative independence of action, answering primarily and often exclusively to the people it governs. The people, accepting an attenuated level of knowledge and understanding about governmental and global affairs, assumed a role in the activities of government by using the power of the democratic vote to shape and focus the direction of policy. With faith and confidence in the institution, the people obediently answered the governments call time after time, often meaning enduring the sacrifice of sending sons and daughters onto foreign battlefields. However, as the modem media grew and matured, it too assumed an unforeseen role. This role was one of educating the people and the world to events occurring within the global environment, events often initiated or guided by government policy. Moreover, the media became a critical influence in the development of policy, both foreign and domestic, as government and military leaders sought to balance the consequence of action with the potential retribution of an educated public that demanded answers to questions as quickly as the real-time media coverage delivering the news to their homes. Such coverage led the public to question traditional faith and confidence in government, and in some cases resulted in the media becoming the recipient of this honor.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE