The Role of Media
After September 11, 2001, the Bush administration and mainstream media succeeded in accomplishing what had not been achieved in decades: characterizing the United States internationally as a victim rather than as an aggressor. The Bush administration used the 9/11 attacks to initiate the war on terrorism, citing a worldwide threat by terrorists and rogue nations to justify massive military action, first against Afghanistan and then Iraq as necessary to maintain “national security,” to defend against “weapons of mass destruction” and, subsequently, “to bring democracy to the Middle East.” Corporate-owned mass media pitched in to bolster the Bush arguments.
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