Have the media contributed to exacerbating the political, cultural and religious divides within Western societies and the world at large? How can media be deployed to enrich, not inhibit, dialogue? To what extent has the media, in all its forms, questioned, celebrated or simply accepted the unleashing of a ‘war on terror’? Media and Terrorism brings together leading scholars to explore how the world's media have influenced, and in turn, been influenced by terrorism and the war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. Accessible and user-friendly with lively and current case studies, it is a perfect student text and is an essential handbook on the dynamics of war and the media in a global context.
Chapter 18: Challenging the Media War
Challenging the Media War
Danny Schechter is a US-based filmmaker, former TV network producer and journalist who provides a powerful critique of the failures of domestic media to hold US officials to account and who, instead, acted mostly as cheerleaders for the ‘war on terror’. He argues that ‘weapons of mass deception’ have been unleashed on a US public in order to sell the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and that commercial television, in particular, has acted effectively as a state broadcasting machine. This is not the responsibility of individual journalists or broadcasters but is the result of a more systemic failure inside the US media, a failure that in the context of the ‘war on terror’ constitutes a ‘crime against democracy’. ...