Problems of news culture and truth: the BBC's representation of the invasion of Iraq

Salter, Lee (2011) Problems of news culture and truth: the BBC's representation of the invasion of Iraq. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 4 (2). pp. 161-177. ISSN 1752-6272

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Abstract

This article considers the truth value of the BBC's reporting of the invasion of Iraq in the context of Hannah Arendt's consideration of the US invasion of Vietnam. Arendt theorized that the ‘Pentagon Papers’ exposed a new approach to truth and lies – the ‘modern political lie’ at the heart of modern politics. In this article, Arendt's concept of the modern political lie is examined and comparisons made with Iraq. A case study of the BBC's coverage of the invasion is used to argue that its reporting did not necessarily lie about Iraq, nor did it necessarily create a discursive representation separate to the physical actions of the protagonists. Rather, it appears that strategic considerations on the part of the invading powers changed the factual texture on the ground, which reporting failed to keep up with.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Depositing User: Lee Salter
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 12:45
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 07:56
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46676

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