Co-opting the News for Politics and Profit
Investigates how American media have identified and covered international terrorism and violence since September 11, 2001. This book compares US coverage with that of British and Arab media. It discusses the priorities, assumptions, political debates, deadline pressures and bottom-line considerations.
1. What is Terrorism?.Introduction: A Very Simple Idea.Are You Ready.Words and Trojan Horses.Political Correctness: can I use the word "terrorist"?.Why Do News Standards Matter.What is Terrorism?.2. How is Terrorism Covered?.The Politics of Coverage.Making Terrorism the "Big Story".Tragedy and Politics: What We Hear, Why We Hear It.The Voices of the Powerful.When Caring About Victims Sells News.Parsing the Difference Between Terrorism and War.Co-opting the News / Co-opting the Public.The Stories That Are Told.Why Some Media Do a Better Job.3. What Are the Images of Terror?.The Politics of Images.When Did Pictures Start to Matter?."It's No Time to Be Squeamish": The "Jumpers" at the World Trade Center.The Public's "Picture of the Year": The Flag-Raising at Ground Zero."Is American Blood More Precious Than Iraqi Blood?": Ali Abbas and Pfc. Jessica Lynch.Terrorists Want an Audience, Too: Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg and Beyond."Cleaning Up" the Pictures: Madrid and Fallujah.Losing Control of the Image: Official photos, Snapshots and Cameraphones.What Do We Need to See? What Do We Need to Do?..4. Conclusion: Packaging Terrorism.The End.