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American vs. Korean News

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Elizabeth Branson

on 14 November 2012

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The Impact on Public Opinion Media's Role During the Event of National Security South Korea's Cheonan Sinking United States' Semptember 11th AND. Main Points Background of each case.
How media influences public opinion in each case.
Argue how media is too emotional during national security issues.
Look at ways to improve media as the fourth state. BACKGROUND. ROKS Cheonan Sinking September 11th Media's Role Different from the Cheonan Sinking case, the United States was not in a state of tension with Iraq.
The attack itself started tension between the US and Iraq.
Time is now referred to as "Prior to 9/11" and "Post 9/11". September 11th: Iraqis lead by Saddam Hussein highjacked four commercial jets:
Two: World Trade Center Towers
One: The Pentagon
One failed and crash landed in a field in Pennsylvania- was said to be heading for the White House.
The events of September 11th killed around 3,000 lives. History of a Divided Nation South Korea/ Cheonan: Untied States/ September 11th: Media's role can be split in two parts:
Their role right after 9/11 and the year or so to follow.
Their role years after 9/11. Media Analysis Influence on Public Opinion ? Why is this important to discuss? Improving Media Our 4 State. Ideas: THANK YOU! The media has become too emotionally invested in times of tragedy.
Not critical when in comes to providing truthful information to the public in times when well informed citizens are extremely important.
Media has become "infotainment"
This trend has media reporting on false facts with goal to attract viewers. Media fueled patriotism and pro-war movements.
Prior to 9/11 media was having a hard time involving the public to be interested with current events.
9/11 changed all that.
Americans wanted to be heavily involved and looked to the press for all their information. Right After 9/11:
Media lead the public to believe that the United States was in danger and need to go war.
Weapons of mass destruction were never proven to exist.
Media should have caught the government in this lie.
Changing public's opinion to support the war. Years to Follow 9/11: Examples: Examples: The division of the Korean peninsula occurred during the Cold War. Struggle for power caused ideological conflict among Koreans.
Two sole governments were created and the Korean War was the result. Cheonan Sinking occurred on 26 March, 2010
Forty-six men were killed in the attack.
A team of international experts presented a summary of their investigation, concluding North Korean was to blame.
North Korea denied that it was responsible for the sinking. Interview with a man that was under Hussien's military. 2007 2002 Article published by CNN about weapons of mass destruction. 2001 Both articles talk about how united Americans are and how patriotic the nation has become. March 2002 The check and balance system needs to be revamped.
Media needs to be critical towards government issues
Stay level headed in times of tragedy.
Journalists should sign a "contract" to insure that they stay a 4th state.
Can't report on pour emotions. What do you think? This poses a threat.
A misinformed public can support the wrong perspective. Fear and false information lead to the war. Media's role can be split in three parts:
Press' irresponsible actions.
Distortion of facts for the Cheonan Sinking.
Misleading public opinion. Press' irresponsible actions: Wrote subjective and speculative articles.
Appealed to the public emotionally and sensationally.
Falsely reported the facts from the case. Examples: Distortion of Cheonan Sinking Examples : Too much emphasis was on politics and that distorted the incident.
Media portrayed a negative image of the government and military.
Information linked to the sinking was confidential to protect the public and difficult to share with the press.
The press only reported on the basis that the military was possibly hiding information from the public. Mislead public opinion Press did not focus on the intention of North Korea's attack but rather on political issue.
Media suggested unnecessary suspicions and hypothesis against the government.
Those actions encouraged the public to mistrust the government.
They just listed fragments of information related to the cause of Cheonan. (did not provide proper evidences) Examples: 9/11: the media acted emotionally and was not critical towards the government, misleading the public's opinion.

Cheonan: the media also acted emotionally and reported on irrelevant information while confusing the public. Analysis of Each Case: These cases although slightly different still show that the media was too emotionally involved and impacted public opinion. These examples show how media appealed to the public emotionally. Media reported with false facts.
Media wrote misleading headline. This example shows headlines from the liberal press .
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