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Pockets of resistance: British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq
     

Pockets of resistance: British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq

by Piers Robinson, Philip M. Taylor, Peter Goddard, Craig Murray, Katy Parry
 

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For scholars of media and war, the 2003 invasion of Iraq is a compelling case to study. As part of President Bush's 'war on terror', the invasion was the most controversial British foreign policy decision since Suez, and its ramifications and aftermath have rarely been far from the news. In the many political and public debates regarding this conflict, arguments

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For scholars of media and war, the 2003 invasion of Iraq is a compelling case to study. As part of President Bush's 'war on terror', the invasion was the most controversial British foreign policy decision since Suez, and its ramifications and aftermath have rarely been far from the news. In the many political and public debates regarding this conflict, arguments over the role of the media have been omnipresent. For some, media coverage was biased against the war, for others it became a cheerleader for the invasion. Where does the truth lie? Drawing upon a uniquely-detailed and rich content and framing analysis of television and press coverage, and on interviews with some of the journalists involved, Pockets of Resistance provides an authoritative assessment of how British news media reported the 2003 Iraq invasion and also of the theoretical implications of this case for our understanding of wartime media-state relations.

Pockets of Resistance examines the successes and failures of British television news as it sought to attain independence under the difficult circumstances of war, and describes and explains the emergence of some surprisingly vociferous anti-war voices within a diverse national press.

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"Richly detailed and engagingly presented It is a "must read" for anyone who wants to know how the 24-7 news system covers national security crises, and why that coverage takes the shape that it does.'"

Pockets of Resistance intervenes into the heart of contemporary debates about media, democracy and legitimized killing and death. An important new landmark and essential vantage point on the contested field of media and war studies.'

"Pockets of Resistance is a first-rate study of Iraq war reporting - broad, rigorous and insightful in the way it surveys British coverage of the war. It paints a complex picture of war reporting that clarifies our understanding of the relation between media and political elites during wartime. Without a doubt, it is one of the most ambitious and important works published to date on media and war."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719084454
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Piers Robinson is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester

Peter Goddard is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool

Katy Parry is Research Assistant in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool

Craig Murray is head of Media Analysis at Opoint AS, Norway

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