Selling Fear Counterterrorism, the Media, and Public Opinion

ISBN-10: 0226567192
ISBN-13: 9780226567198
Edition: 2011
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Description: While we've long known that the strategies of terrorism rely heavily on media coverage of attacks,Selling Fearis the first detailed look at the role played by media incounterterrorismand the ways that, in the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

While we've long known that the strategies of terrorism rely heavily on media coverage of attacks,Selling Fearis the first detailed look at the role played by media incounterterrorismand the ways that, in the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration manipulated coverage to maintain a climate of fear. Drawing on in-depth analysis of counterterrorism in the years after 9/11including the issuance of terror alerts and the decision to invade Iraqthe authors present a compelling case that the Bush administration hyped fear, while obscuring civil liberties abuses and concrete issues of preparedness. The media, meanwhile, largely abdicated its watchdog role, choosing to amplify the administration's message while downplaying issues that might have called the administration's statements and strategies into question. The book extends through Hurricane Katrina, and the more skeptical coverage that followed, then the first year of the Obama administration, when an increasingly partisan political environment presented the media, and the public, with new problems of reporting and interpretation. Selling Fearis a hard-hitting analysis of the intertwined failures of government and mediaand their costs to our nation.

Brigitte L. Nacos is a journalist and adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University.

Yaeli Bloch-Elkon is assistant professor of political science and communications at Bar Ilan University, Israel.

Robert Y. Shapiro is professor of political science at Columbia University.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The News as Commodity, Public Good, and Political Manipulator
Selling Fear: The Not So Hidden Persuaders
Civil Liberties versus National Security
Selling the Iraq War
Preventing Attacks against the Homeland
Preparing for the Next Attack
Mass-Mediated Politics of Counterterrorism
Postscript. President Obama: Underselling Fear?
Notes
References
Index

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