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The Military–Media Clash and the New Principle of War : Media Spin

By Lieutenant Colonel Marc D. Felman, USAF

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Title: The Military–Media Clash and the New Principle of War : Media Spin  
Author: Lieutenant Colonel Marc D. Felman, USAF
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Technology, Military and Media
Collections: United States, Military Science, Business Management, Leadership, Authors Community, Naval Science, Technology, Social Psychology, Management, History, Literature, Government, Political Science
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Publisher: Air University Press
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This paper briefly traces the evolution of the military/media clash and identifies the Vietnam War as the turning point where mutual trust seemed to be permanently damaged. Government and military leadership pathologies combined with press distortions to leave the impression on the world stage that American wars could be won or lost in the news media. Right or wrong, the effects of a war perceived to be lost in the media, precipitated media safeguards to insure military campaigns in Grenada and Panama would not be lost on television news. While these safeguards and press controls became somewhat tempered by the time of the Gulf War, the Rubicon had been crossed. Military commanders could never again afford to ignore the way combat operations would be portrayed in the news media. This essential consideration for any would-be combat commander constitutes the new principle of war: media-spin.


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