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In the 1950s, the military and the media joined forces to produce numerous television documentaries about the Second World War, beginning a long collaboration between television and the military. Television representations of the Second World War would leave an indelible mark on American broadcasting and society. The armed forces were consistently a part of popular entertainment, and the military emerged as a dominant force in American society. The war in Vietnam led to a contentious period between the military and television, but today the Pentagon continues to influence television coverage of war and conflict. With each new war, programming styles, war rhetoric, and news frames change, ultimately influencing the viewing public and American society as a whole.

World War II

War reporting on American television grew up ...

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