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Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War

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Publisher Comments:

While the United States government made noisy preparations to go to war against Saddam Hussein, it was also purposefully planning another war. But this enemy, unlike Hussein, was strangely passive in the face of these threatening maneuvers. The government's other enemy was the American media, and the quiet assault on its constitutional freedoms during Operation Desert Storm was unprecedented in American history.

Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War documents in vivid detail the behind the scenes activities by the U.S. and Kuwaiti governments, as well as the media's own cooperation when its rights to observe, question, and report were increasingly limited. In frank and startling interviews with, among others, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Ben Bradlee, Katharine Graham, Robert Wright, and Pete Williams, author John R. MacArthur shows how the press corps was treated more like a fifth column than as representatives of a free people. MacArthur demonstrates how, despite the torrent of words and images from the Persian Gulf, Americans were systematically and deliberately kept in the dark about events, politics, and simple facts during the Gulf crisis. With a reporter's critical eye and a historian's sensibility, he traces decades of press-government relations – during Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama – which helped set the stage for restrictions on Gulf War reporting and for a public-relations triumph by the government. His analysis of the issues that confronted the media in this war is frightening testimony to what happens when the government goes unchallenged, when questions go unasked.

Review:

"MacArthur writes in fury at what he sees, correctly, as the press's failure to respond effectively during the gulf war to the Pentagon's well-rehearsed and openly revealed designs. With the help of the Freedom of Information Act, he presents a treasure trove of evidence of official deception." Michael Janeway, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Wonderfully readable....In Second Front, Mr. MacArthur insists that from the White House on down the idea was to beat the Vietnam syndrome with a winning war, blame the messenger as unpatriotic for any bad news, and keep the American press under control and the public in the dark." Herbert Mitgang, New York Times

Review:

"A brilliant look at the way images are shaped today under the pressures of deadlines and jingoistic war fever." Dan Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun

Synopsis:

Now updated with a new preface that examines the current conflict in Iraq, this brilliant work of investigative reporting reveals the government's assault on the constitutional freedoms of the American media during Operation Desert Storm. John R. MacArthur's engaging and provocative account is as essential and alarming today as when the first paperback edition was published ten years ago.

Synopsis:

While the United States government made noisy preparations to go to war against Saddam Hussein, it was also purposefully planning another war. But this enemy, unlike Hussein, was strangely passive in the face of these threatening maneuvers. John R. MacArthur scrutinizes the government's unprecedented assault on the constitutional freedoms of the American media during Operation Desert Storm. With a reporter's critical eye and a historian's sensibility, he traces decades of press-government relations—during Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama—which helped set the stage for restrictions on Gulf War reporting and for a public-relations triumph by the government.

About the Author

John R. MacArthur is publisher of Harper's Magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520083981
Subtitle:
Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War
Foreword:
Bagdikian, Ben Haig
Author:
MacArthur, John R., Jr.
Author:
Bagdikian, Ben H.
Author:
Bagdikian, Ben Haig
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Censorship
Subject:
Persian gulf war, 1991
Subject:
Government and the press
Subject:
Government and the press -- United States.
Subject:
Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Censorship -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
United States - General
Edition Description:
First Edition, With a new afterword
Series Volume:
no. 429-430
Publication Date:
19931129
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.12 lb

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Product details 274 pages University of California Press - English 9780520083981 Reviews:
"Review" by , "MacArthur writes in fury at what he sees, correctly, as the press's failure to respond effectively during the gulf war to the Pentagon's well-rehearsed and openly revealed designs. With the help of the Freedom of Information Act, he presents a treasure trove of evidence of official deception."
"Review" by , "Wonderfully readable....In Second Front, Mr. MacArthur insists that from the White House on down the idea was to beat the Vietnam syndrome with a winning war, blame the messenger as unpatriotic for any bad news, and keep the American press under control and the public in the dark."
"Review" by , "A brilliant look at the way images are shaped today under the pressures of deadlines and jingoistic war fever."
"Synopsis" by , Now updated with a new preface that examines the current conflict in Iraq, this brilliant work of investigative reporting reveals the government's assault on the constitutional freedoms of the American media during Operation Desert Storm. John R. MacArthur's engaging and provocative account is as essential and alarming today as when the first paperback edition was published ten years ago.
"Synopsis" by ,
While the United States government made noisy preparations to go to war against Saddam Hussein, it was also purposefully planning another war. But this enemy, unlike Hussein, was strangely passive in the face of these threatening maneuvers. John R. MacArthur scrutinizes the government's unprecedented assault on the constitutional freedoms of the American media during Operation Desert Storm. With a reporter's critical eye and a historian's sensibility, he traces decades of press-government relations—during Vietnam, Grenada, and Panama—which helped set the stage for restrictions on Gulf War reporting and for a public-relations triumph by the government.
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