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The attacks of 9/11 led to a war on Iraq, although there was neither tangible evidence that the nation's leader, Saddam Hussein, was linked to Osama bin Laden nor proof of weapons of mass destruction. Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much acceptance in the United States during its primary stages?

Mass Deception argues that the George W. Bush administration manufactured public support for the war on Iraq. Scott A. Bonn introduces a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called "critical communication" to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties. Using quantitative analysis of public opinion polls and presidential rhetoric pre- and post-9/11 in the news media, Bonn applies the moral panic concept to the Iraq war. He critiques the war and occupation of Iraq as violations of domestic and international law. Finally, Mass Deception connects propaganda and distortion efforts by the Bush administration to more general theories of elite deviance and state crime.

Synopsis:

The attacks of 9/11 led to a war on Iraq, although there was neither tangible evidence that Saddam Hussein was linked to Osama bin Laden nor proof of weapons of mass destruction. Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much acceptance in the United States during its primary stages? Mass Deception argues that the George W. Bush administration manufactured public support for the war on Iraq, introducing a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called "critical communication" to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties.

About the Author

Scott A. Bonn is an assistant professor of sociology at Drew University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813547893
Author:
Bonn, Scott A.
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Foreword by:
Welch, Michael
Foreword:
Welch, Michael
Author:
Bonn, Scott
Author:
Welch, Michael
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003- - Causes
Subject:
Deception -- Political aspects -- United States.
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Sociology; Criminology; Media Studies
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Critical Issues in Crime and Society
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12
Pages:
210
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Transportation » Aviation » General

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"Synopsis" by , The attacks of 9/11 led to a war on Iraq, although there was neither tangible evidence that Saddam Hussein was linked to Osama bin Laden nor proof of weapons of mass destruction. Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much acceptance in the United States during its primary stages? Mass Deception argues that the George W. Bush administration manufactured public support for the war on Iraq, introducing a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called "critical communication" to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties.
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