Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas

By Joel Andreas

Addicted to warfare takes at the so much lively, strong, and damaging army on the planet. Hard-hitting, rigorously documented, and seriously illustrated, it finds why the U.S. has been occupied with extra wars lately than the other state. learn Addicted to battle to discover who merits from those army adventures, who pays—and who dies.

"Political comics at its best."—Michael Parenti

Joel Andreas wrote and illustrated The brilliant Rocky, a satire that brought greater than 100,000 humans to the unsavory actions of the Rockefeller family members. In among drawing illustrated exposes, he investigates the trajectory and destiny of the chinese language Revolution.

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It is clear, then, that for Hallin media influence is closely tied to political consensus, and that the ability of the media to act as an intervention within political discussion is shaped, to a considerable extent, by the emerging contestations or differences which arise. Yet we cannot ignore that additional pressures are brought to modern political communications by the speed of real-time coverage which was largely absent during the Vietnam War. According to O’Heffernan, there are three important areas of impact which need recognition in the media–policy relationship debate.

Conclusion The CNN debate highlights the pervasive power of television and its real-time potential to amplify inconsistencies and uncertainties within the political arena. Through the compression of transmission and response time, pressure can be applied on politicians to respond quickly to news stories in ways which they might prefer to avoid. Clearly, given this pressure, television is able to make life uncomfortable for politicians, and may reveal cracks or inconsistencies in statements which can be taken as evidence of unclear policy and lead to questioning which further unsettles the prospects of a congruent policy position, or impacts on the room for manoeuvre which politicians may have.

One notable problem with the CNN-effect debate, however (as Robinson rightly points out (1999)), is that it remains rather unspecific about the extent of television’s relationship with policymaking in the 24 The Impact of News on Foreign Policy 25 real-time news environment, and has difficulty pinpointing the influences which coverage actually has. Gowing’s work, for example, makes a number of claims which appear to mystify more than clarify the effects of television news on foreign policy, and which indeed seem somewhat contradictory.

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