The Propaganda Model and the News Coverage on the War on Terror.
This thesis analyzes the media coverage of the War on Terror by comparing it to the Propaganda Model by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. It argues that the five filters presented by them; corporate funding, advertising, sourcing, flak, and fear, can be applied to the post-9/11 media coverage. Chomsky and Herman argue that the media reflects the preferences of the powerful elites, as media corporations are intent on making profit rather than producing qualitative news items. During the War on Terror, the media and the Bush administration had shared interests due to these commercial values of the media. This problem was reinforced by patriotism following the attacks of 9/11, a feeling shared by American journalists who, consequently, presented the news on the War on Terror from a pro-war perspective. Moreover, the news coverage led to the misunderstanding of crucial issues about the 2003 Iraq War, which could have been avoided if the media had been critical about the sources that were presented to them by the government. Key words: Propaganda Model, War on Terror, media coverage, misperceptions.
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