Essay on The Media And The War On Terror

717 Words Jun 21st, 2016 3 Pages
The media provides a way for the public to learn about foreign affairs, such as the War on Terror. Often times, the media will portray current events to favor the president’s agenda. Then, the media will display these news stories through mediums, such as soft news. After viewing the news, the public will frequently shape their opinions based off of what they just watched. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and during the War on Terror, the media proved to be biased when conveying President George Bush’s framing of the war, which in turn, had the potential to impact foreign policy through the media’s tendency to agenda set. The War on Terror proved to be a popular topic for the media to cover. The main reason for the obsession with the War on Terror is that the media tends to focus on stories that involve vast amounts of fighting and disorder (Hook 237). The intense focus on the War on Terror led to the process of agenda setting. Basically, agenda setting happens when “…media coverage of a political problem…increases the importance attached to that problem by the citizens and foreign policy makers” (Hook 229). In turn, foreign policy makers will often times take action to please the public. When policy makers act on these issues, the news coverage for that topic will increase even more. As a result, the public will want to take more action. A process that is related to agenda setting is framing. T.B. Christie, the author of "Framing Rationale for the Iraq War: The…

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