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British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq

This book analyses British news media coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It describes the analytical framework that serves as the basis for theoretically informed and systematic analysis of wartime media performance. The book synthesises a range of models, hypotheses and explanatory variables to set out a framework composed of three models of news media performance: the elite-driven model, the independent model and the oppositional model. It provides three case studies which, in different ways, illuminate each model of news media performance in wartime. The three case studies include the case of Jessica Lynch, the case of Ali Abbas and the case of the anti-war movement. The book then presents an account of how the relationship between foreign policy, news media and war might be expected to operate, based on current theoretical understanding. In order to place British coverage of the invasion in context, the book offers brief summaries of the structure and character of Britain's television news services and its press. The book provides an analysis of the ways in which the news media's visual depictions of the war reinforced supportive coverage. It is devoted to documenting and analysing evidence for negotiated and oppositional coverage. The book also examines the representation of civilian casualties, military casualties and humanitarian operations across both television and press, three subject areas that generated a good deal of media criticism.

Jessica Lynch, Ali Abbas and the anti- war movement
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

7 Case studies from the invasion of Iraq: Jessica Lynch, Ali Abbas and the anti-war movement Introduction Here we provide a focused analysis of three case studies, which serve to represent the three differing modes of news media performance in wartime, as well as shedding more light on the news-making process. The Jessica Lynch case study, involving the ‘dramatic’ rescue of a US ‘prisoner of war’, highlights just how compliant and deferential news media can be in wartime and can be viewed as an ‘ideal type’ example of supportive coverage. The case of Ali Abbas

in Pockets of resistance
Helen Thompson

sentiments among textile producers in the south, where he was trying to establish a new constituency of Republican voters from Democrats disillusioned with their party over civil rights and the anti-war movement. Once in office, he pressed the Japanese government to sign a multi-fibre agreement restricting Japanese textile exports, and insisted that any movement on Okinawa would be dependent on substantial concessions. On Bretton Woods, Nixon was as unwilling as Johnson to readjust American macroeconomic policy. By 1971, American gold reserves covered just 22 per cent of

in Might, right, prosperity and consent
Greta Fowler Snyder

as part of a global resistance. For instance, participants in the United States said that ‘the global [anti-war] movement was a source of inspiration for those of us who spoke out. We gained confidence and strength in knowing that we were standing with the vast majority of the world's people’ (Gillan and Pickerill 2008 ). Global protest events enable what Gillan and Pickerill call ‘imagined solidarity’ in

in Recognition and Global Politics
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Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

could be assessed (the case of the anti-war movement). We conclude our study, in Chapter 8, with a synthesis of the results of our empirical analysis and discuss their implications for a theoretical understanding of wartime media–state relations. Within this process, we pay close attention to the applicability of the elite-driven, independent and oppositional  models and consider the implications of our findings in relation to broader debates about the impact of new technologies, changing geo-political contexts, contemporary approaches to media-management, as well as

in Pockets of resistance
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

, critical reporting came to reflect the debate between hawks and doves in Washington but largely failed to represent the viewpoints of the anti-war movement. The ‘political contest’, ‘policy-media interaction’ and ‘cascading activation’ models, advanced by Wolfsfeld (1997), Robinson (2002) and Entman (2004) respectively, are less restrictive vis-à-vis the potential independence of journalists. For example, Wolfsfeld (1997) argues that news media do, at times, advocate the interests of non-elite groups against the interests of the state; as an example, he provides evidence

in Pockets of resistance
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

, 2003) and there were even popular moves to boycott French imports, but in Britain there was widespread public debate and protest (see the case study of the anti-war movement in Chapter 7). Between January and March, polls showed public opposition to be substantial and support to be conditional on a second UN 72 Pockets of resistance resolution.11 On 15 February, approximately one million anti-war protestors marched through London in the country’s largest ever demonstration.12 It was against this backdrop of continuing attempts to manage public opinion, the absence

in Pockets of resistance
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Patterns of support, negotiation and opposition
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

Oppositional model Sky, ITV, BBC Sun, Mail, Times, Telegraph Battle, justifications for war (esp. humanitarian) Channel 4 Mirror, Independent, Guardian Civilian casualties, military casualties, humanitarian operations, law and order Ali Abbas Mirror, Independent, Guardian Civilian casualties, military casualties, humanitarian operations, law and order Ali Abbas Jessica Lynch, anti-war movement Jessica Lynch case study provides an ‘ideal type’ example of the propensity of news media to champion ‘good news’ stories from the battlefront; moreover, it highlights the

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Evidence for negotiated and oppositional coverage
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

airstrike, and the case of British news media representation of the anti-war movement. Each of these case studies provides a more in-depth analysis of particular events that formed part of the broader patterns of supportive, negotiated and oppositional coverage documented so far. Evidence for negotiated and oppositional coverage 131 Notes 1 Telephone interview with Jon Snow, 19 December 2008. 2 Telephone interview with Alex Thomson, 10 December 2008. 3 Further evidence for newspaper diversity, based on our main thematic framing measures, can be readily seen in Tables 6

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