Media 's Effect On The Us War On Terror

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Media’s Effect on the US War on Terror More ink equals more blood. Think about that for a second. Is the media hurting its country by reporting terrorist attacks? Is it possible that the media is actually fueling terrorists by reporting terrorist attacks? Does the media exploit terrorist attacks for views? Does terrorism need the media to thrive? How do terrorists exploit the media for their own gain? Does the media help the world by reporting terrorism, or is it the sole reason terrorism exists today? Terrorism can occur anywhere and be carried out by anyone, but this paper will be focusing on the media’s effect on America’s war on terror and terrorist attacks carried out against the United States. What exactly is terrorism? “Terrorism is commonly defined as violent acts (or the threat of violent acts) intended to create fear (terror), perpetrated for a religious, political, or ideological goal, and which deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants, civilians.” The intent of terrorist groups differ vastly depending on the situation they are in and the message they want to send. Terrorists use violence for many things including: to produce widespread fear, obtain recognition for their cause through the media, to weaken the government, to free prisoners, to satisfy vengeance, and to influence government decisions. Ideology and motivation also influence the objectives of terrorist groups, particularly regarding the casualty rate. Secular terrorist groups
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