Media & War

Vietnam

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Vietnam Remembered

‘News Coverage of Vietnam’ in Peter King (ed) Australia’s Vietnam (Sydney, George Allen and Unwin, 1983) p.165-187

(with Murray Goot) ‘Public Opinion and the Politics of the Polls’ in Peter King (ed) Australia’s Vietnam (Sydney, George Allen and Unwin, 1983) (Equal researcher and co-author) p.129-164

‘The War the Media Lost – the Australian Media and the Vietnam War’ in Gregory Pemberton (ed) Vietnam Remembered (Sydney, Weldon, Fairfax, Syme, 1990) p.110-137

The media’s reporting of the Vietnam war was an early pre-occupation, and these two chapters approach the topic in different ways. One of the ways in which the simplicity of memory about the media and Vietnam distorts a more complex reality is that the war went on for so long, and through so many different phases. The chapter from Peter King’s book examines the contrasts from different periods and episodes. The chapter from Greg Pemberton’s book examines the conservative charge that the media lost the war; and also examines how Australian news coverage was much more limited than America’s, partly due to the pathologies of being a junior ally.

The chapter with Murray Goot not only traces the poll results on the war, but also the reporting of them, in the days when the Morgan Gallup Poll largely had a monopoly in the field.

Cold War

‘In search of Wilfed Burchett’ Media Information Australia No 43, February 1987. p.45-47
In search of Wilfred Burchett

Gulf War

Australia'sGulfWar(Co-editor with Murray Goot) Australia’s Gulf War (Melbourne University Press, 1992) (304 pages)

‘News Coverage’ in Goot, Murray & Tiffen, Rodney (eds) Australia’s Gulf War (Melbourne University Press, 1992) p.114-139

‘Marching to Whose Drum? – Media Battles in the Gulf War’ Australian Journal of International Affairs Vol 46, No 1, May 1992
Marching to whose drum – Media battles in the Gulf War

‘The Second Casualty – The ABC and the Gulf War’ Current Affairs Bulletin, 67, 11, May 1991
See also ‘Shipp Overboard? A rejoinder’ Current Affairs Bulletin, 68, 2, August 1991

  • I wrote one book chapter and two articles about media coverage of the Gulf War. The CAB article examined the fierce public controversies over the ABC’s coverage. A long-time critic of the ABC George Shipp criticized the article, and I wrote a rejoinder. The Australian Journal of International Affairs article examined the general arguments – as they occurred in the US and Britain as well as Australia – over media coverage. The book chapter looks at some of the issues about Australian press coverage.

Iraq War

(with Alan Doig, James P. Pfiffner and Mark Phythian) ‘Marching in Time: Alliance Politics, Synchrony and the Case for War in Iraq, 2002-2003’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Vol 61, No 1, 2007
Marching in time Alliance Politics, synchrony and the case for war in Iraq, 2002-3

‘Australian Use of Intelligence and the Case for War in Iraq’ in James P Pfiffner and Mark Phythian (eds) Intelligence and national security policymaking on Iraq. British and American perspectives (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2008) p.106-125

‘Reversed negatives – how the media cover “our” atrocities’ in Werner GK Stritzke, Stephan Lewandowsky, David Denemark, Joseph Clare, Frank Morgan (eds) Terrorism and Torture (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009)
reversed negatives – how the news media respond to ‘our’ atrocities

Terrorism

‘Contested Narratives, Ambiguous Impacts and Democratic Dilemmas – the Western News Media and the “War on Terror”’ Policy and Society V25 N4, December 2006
Contested Narratives, Ambiguous Impacts and Democratic Dilemmas The Western News Media and the War on Terror