Sunday, March 6, 2011
Difference in portrayal - How we see wars
We watched a clip from a British reporter in Iraq and suffice it to say it was much less graphic than some of the clips American stations show.
Is this bad? Is it better to see something in it's trueness or better to not be exposed to such violence and death?
I think it definitely has to do with the way they (either the government or the CEO's of the new stations) want the war perceived. In Britain, they don't need popular support because they are not heavily invested in the war, so the news reports will not incite too much emotion.
In the US, we need public support because we have such investment in the war. In the US, you will see the enemy in wars, you will hear how they need to be quelled and you will not see (most of the time) the dead in the wars (look into the whole thing with President Bush forbidding news casters from bases where caskets are returned to America). Therefore, our opinion of the war is more favorable because we see the enemy and want them gone. Conversely, if the news shows victims, we will react with anti-war tirades and demand a cessation to the war.