Mass Media's Influence On America

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Former SIS agent and novelist David Cornwell once said, “I suffer from the same frustration that every decent American suffers from. That is, that you begin to wonder whether decent liberal instincts, decent humanitarian instincts, can actually penetrate the right-wing voice, get through the steering of American opinion by the mass media.” In this weeks reading we read about the events happening after the cold war and beyond. These being subjects like the NATO expansion to internal reform. However in one section of the reading it talk about the events of the Somalia and Bosnian humanitarian effort and the shocking reality of America’s view on it. Being born in America, we have all have heard and influenced by the idea of America being a peace keeping and leading Humanitarian force in the world. Yet the history of America is anything but. With fights only …show more content…

In Chapter 22 of McCormick we see a clear example how while America promotes the ideas of the human rights and peace, on closer inspection it comes down to what is best for America. In the Chapter McCormick talks about the beginning of the two conflicts in Bosnia and Somalia respectively. While both were seen as crises and could not be considered anything but horrible events, the United States took a more neutral tone with them. However, it is important to note that this tone was played out more so in the government than the actually people as they were indeed empathetic to the plight of these two nations. In fact, the government not only showed little interest in helping the people of these two nations but distorted the events taking place so they wouldn't be pressured into acting, an example of this from the text being the case with the attackers in Bosnia. When speaking to the American public the event was shown to be a war between neighbors versus

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