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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.

Evidence for supportive coverage and the elite-driven model
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

-strategic motives for the war, such as the projection of US power. We return to this issue in presenting conclusions from our study in the closing chapter. Summary In many ways, at least at an aggregate level, British news media coverage of the Iraq invasion conformed to the predictions of the elite-driven model. Press and television news relied heavily on coalition sources and supportive battle coverage prevailed even among newspapers that had opted to oppose the war. At the same time, there was substantial support for the WMD and humanitarian rationales for war. Battlefield

in Pockets of resistance
Kathryn Nash

This chapter provides a baseline for comparing the evolution of peace and security norms and practice within the African region and internationally. The bulk of the chapter covers notable international interventions in the post-Cold War period, specifically the United Nations responses to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait as well as humanitarian crisis and conflicts in Somalia and the former Yugoslavia. It also analyzes the evolution of UN peace and security policy through the Agenda for Peace and subsequent reports as well as the creation of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. It ends with a comparison of developments at the regional and international levels to show that peace and security norms and practices in Africa often emerged in tandem or prior to similar developments at the international level.

in African peace
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

class spectrum. As Curran and Seaton note (2003: 339), ‘the audience of BBC or ITV news includes most readers of tabloids, but these programmes’ political values are closer to those of The Times and the Observer’. So news broadcasters face the challenge of producing news that is accessible and popular, but which contains an analytical edge and is contextualised sufficiently well that a broadsheet audience will not be dissatisfied. In surveying British television news coverage of the Iraq invasion, we examined the flagship news programmes of four principal nationally

in Pockets of resistance
John Dumbrell

[the neocons] seem to have captured the heart and mind of the President, and they’re controlling the foreign policy agenda.” 3 This notion of post-9/11 neoconservative ascendancy is by no means unchallengeable. The fevered nature of international political discourse in the era of the Iraq invasion tended to militate against rational analysis. For many opponents of the invasion, the term “neocon” became

in Intelligence and national security policymaking on Iraq
Collapse of the Soviet Union and allied victory in the Persian Gulf War
James W. Peterson

relationship with them and their new freedom of orbit. On the other hand, American leadership dealt with strategic challenges from key nations in the Middle East such as Iraq. However, its response differed from that of its counterpart in the Soviet Union, for America resisted the changed status quo after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and essentially brought a halt to it. Thus, the United States and the Soviet Union reacted in very different ways to changes presented by medium-power nations in regions of great importance to them. Second, both American and Russian

in Russian-American relations in the post-Cold War world
Raymond Hinnebusch

increasing American penetration of the region. Saudi Arabia’s motives for inviting the Americans in were, of course, security-centred. The Saudis probably did not expect an Iraqi invasion, but in an anarchic system, one must prepare for the worst-case scenario and if Iraq succeeded in keeping Kuwait, it would be in a position to intimidate Saudi Arabia over the longer term. The driving factor in the Saudis’ perceptions was that, being weak and rich in a dangerous neighbourhood, they could not do without an external protector and to deny the US the

in The international politics of the Middle East
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Patterns of support, negotiation and opposition
Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

8 Conclusion: Patterns of support, negotiation and opposition Overview The conclusion starts by drawing together our multi-channel, multi-newspaper analysis, reviewing our aggregate-level findings from each chapter and summarising the overall performance of UK news media. In so doing, we provide a substantive assessment both of British news media performance during the 2003 Iraq invasion and of the implications of these findings for general claims regarding the elite-driven, independent and oppositional models. In particular, we discuss the implications of our

in Pockets of resistance
Stephen Benedict Dyson

. Franks made a point of always including briefing slides laying out in detail the assumptions that underlay his more specific planning work. Iterations The general review of plans became, after 9/11, a very specific exercise in revising the Iraq invasion scenario. Planning began on Wednesday 21 November 2001, when Bush asked Rumsfeld ‘How do you feel about the war plan for

in Leaders in conflict
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Piers Robinson, Peter Goddard, Katy Parry, Craig Murray, and Philip M. Taylor

and insights identified in Chapter 2, set out three models of news media performance: the elite-driven, independent and oppositional models. Chapter 4 is designed to place our research in context by describing the character of the press and broadcasting in Britain, and outlining the major news events surrounding the Iraq invasion. Chapters 5 and 6 present the results of our empirical research. In Chapter 5, we examine the extent to which news media conformed to the predictions of the elite-driven model, drawing upon our content and framing analysis of news media

in Pockets of resistance