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Iraq 5 years on: media myths and mundanity

Beckett, Charlie (2008) Iraq 5 years on: media myths and mundanity. POLIS: journalism and society at the LSE (20 Mar 2008). Website.

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There has been a surge of media coverage (to coin a phrase) about the Iraq War on its anniversary and it has been generally a bit dull and uninsightful. The media has pulled out the stops, partly I suspect because many journalists feel guilty about their role in the lead-up to the invasion. But little of the coverage has been surprising. The ten minute drama-doc films on the BBC every night have been very well-done, I particularly enjoyed Kenneth ‘Henry V’ Branagh as Colonel Tim Collins. The best bit of reporting I have seen was by The Guardian’s Ghaith Abdul-Ahad whose very personal five minute films for ITV News at Ten combined poignant interviews, insightful observation, stunning still photography and great filming. You can see them online here. But, in general, what can the news programmes say apart from ‘this is what we did then’ and ‘this is how it is now’?

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2008 The Author(s)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 14:49
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:24

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