Media solidarity with Bush after 9/11 attacks

by: Ana Milanes

After the 9/11 attacks, the media gave Americans what they thought was needed- a fast answer. Unfortunately, the issue was more complex than the media made it out to be. Those who followed began to believe things which weren’t true; among these people was President George W. Bush.

The media made their accounts highly emotional using phrases like the Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s quote “a horrendous number of lives lost”. There was a lack of appropriate research; many journalists didn’t interview the right people. Perhaps one of the biggest faults however, was the false solidarity that the media tried to build. In order to comfort the American people, the media made a hero of Bush and he had no trouble believing it.

Osama bin Laden was upset with America because of the continued military presence, the United States supporting Israel, and the ending of more than a million Iraqis lives. All in all, there were many misinterpretations among countries when it came to desired outcomes and goals. There was a vicious circular of Bush making assumptions to comfort people, journalists writing about these assumptions and therefore further confirming Bush’s one-sided argument on the foreign country as the enemy.

Source:Streitmatter, Rodger. Mightier than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History. Boulder, CO: Westview, 2008. Print.

Published in: on April 14, 2011 at 2:18 am  Leave a Comment  

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