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In this quantity newshounds and officers, in addition to educational specialists, examine the respective roles of the click and the govt within the formula and implementation of yank overseas coverage. It examines the impact of the media on concerns comparable to the USA involvement in Vietnam.
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This put the White House imprimatur on the information, and a public which believed its government would henceforth believe that Qadhafi was planning new terrorist attacks, that his position at home was shaky, and that the United States was once again planning to retaliate. Then, on October 2, President Reagan confirmed a Washington Post report that he had authorized a secret disinformation campaign against Qadhafi. According to Reagan, the campaign was intended to make Qadhafi "go to bed every night wondering what we might do" to deter him from backing terrorism, although he maintained that the strategy did not involve spreading false information through the American press.
The Libyan government did not bother Americans who lived there. It remained hospitable to American investment. It did not seize American hostages, as happened in other countries. In fact, the involvement in Libya of Americans such as former CIA operative Edwin Wilson and Vatican ambassador William A. Wilson may be the one truly underreported story about Libya. The Reagan administration set in motion the events that would lead to the struggle with Qadhafi in its first days in office. " Once the administration had made such a public commitment to retaliating against terrorism, it could not easily back away.
The American press did not unmask the Reagan administration's armsfor-hostages trafficking with Iran. While Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed the Contra connection, the whole public scandal might not have exploded in the first place had not persons unknown planted a story in "that Beirut rag," as Reagan called it. Even so, the story might have died if it had not been confirmed several days later by the speaker of the Iranian Parliament. The ultimate source of the story, and the events to which it gave rise was a policy that was secretly set in the Reagan White House and carried forward for at least a year and a half without attracting public notice.
The Media and Foreign Policy by Simon Serfaty (eds.)