Terrorism and the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the Oklahoma City Bombing

Terrorism and the Media: From the Iran Hostage Crisis to the Oklahoma City Bombing

by Brigitte Nacos, Brigitte L. Nacos
     
 

The televised images from the September 11 attacks exemplified how terrorists exploit the news media to get attention, spread fear and anxiety, and expose the weaknesses of the American superpower. September 11 was the culmination of decades of anti-American terrorism that, until the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, had not been felt on Amer
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Overview

The televised images from the September 11 attacks exemplified how terrorists exploit the news media to get attention, spread fear and anxiety, and expose the weaknesses of the American superpower. September 11 was the culmination of decades of anti-American terrorism that, until the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, had not been felt on Amer

Editorial Reviews

Martha Crenshaw
This book is a welcome and valuable addition to the literature on terrorism.It fills a gap by providing a uniquely detailed and comprehensive examination of the relationship between terrorism, the media, public opinion, and government decisionmaking in the American context.
Political Science Quarterly
Brigitte L. Nacos has written a definitive study and provides an exhaustive statistical base to support her analysis.
Friday Review of Defense Literature
Her book is a proverbial breath of fresh air blown into the stuffy catacombs where U.S. policy on this subject is made.
Booknews
At a time when US national security experts anticipate more acts of international terrorism at home and abroad, Nacos contends that terrorists are very successful in exploiting the vital link between the news media, public opinion, and decision-making--that terrorism works because media coverage of such incidents influences the American public to support government responses that protect the victims of terrorism, most of all hostages, at the expense of the national interest; and moreover, that presidents and other high-level officials tend to follow public opinion. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Friday Review of Defense Literature
Her book is a proverbial breath of fresh air blown into the stuffy catacombs where U.S. policy on this subject is made.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231100144
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Brigitte L. Nacos, a longtime correspondent for newspapers in Germany, teaches American government and politics at Columbia University. Dr. Nacos is the author of The Press, Presidents, and Crises published by Columbia University Press.

Columbia University Press

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