News Stories That Changed the World

2522 WordsMay 10, 201211 Pages
Introduction Rendell, Hart and Hollar have said broadcasting the truth can improve the world, while news that twists or denies realities of our existence can have momentous consequences. We believe this concept and to demonstrate it we have complied 3 major news stories since the year 2000 that have had a major impact on our society both nationally and internationally – and both for better or for worse. These three examples are not meant to be a collection of the most historic stories of the past 12 years; but rather to demonstrate the power the media holds. It’s no secret that journalism is under attack in a myriad of ways; particularly the notion that it deserves to exist as a governmental watchdog. Another river has feed into this…show more content…
It was filling with Iraqi detainees, ranging from petty criminals to former intelligence operatives for Saddam Hussein; all jammed into twelve-by-twelve foot cells that were little more than human holding pits. Even after seven years, the revelation of US Army soldiers abusing detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison are an ugly black mark on the American Presence in Iraq; a permanent scar on the countries reputation. Pulitzer-Winning correspondent Charles J. Hanley, of The Associated Press was quick to document and disclose the obvious mistreatment arising behind closed doors. It led to a series of pieces, culminating in a shocking report on November 1, 2003, based on interviews with sex released detainees. However, this story was ‘swept under the rug’ and no major newspaper picked up on his reporting after it appeared. The disproportionate weight of credibility given to the statements of U.S officials and or photographic evidence is obvious in the events that unfolded in the year 2004. Four months after Hanley’s article, the conditions at Abu Ghraib finally became international news after several photos were aired on CBS’ 60 Minutes II, showing soldiers taunting naked Iraqi prisoners forced to assume humiliating positions. Two days later, in addition to the global firestorm that the photos ignited; The New Yorker plucked up the courage to post Seymour M Hersh’s sickening account of “sadistic, blatant and wanton criminal abuse”. This was of course
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