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The CNN Effect: The Myth of News Media, Foreign Policy and Intervention Paperback – September 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0415259057 ISBN-10: 0415259053 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415259053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415259057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A carefully crafted and thorough presentation … clear and insightful …Robinson has offered a thorough and thoughtful analysis.' Political Communication

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Piers Robinson is Lecturer in Political Communication at the University of Liverpool.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on July 24, 2012
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Piers Robinson is a Lecturer in Political Communication in the School of Politics and Communication Studies at Liverpool University. In this well-researched book, he looks at the links between media coverage of humanitarian crises and Western intervention, in particular investigating whether sympathetic coverage can drive an unwilling government to intervene. He studies interventions in Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo and Rwanda.

The media present consensus views and a slightly larger area of legitimate controversy, but ignore `deviance', for example, principled opposition to intervention. Where the media have to mention opposition, as with the Russian and Chinese vetoes of war against Syria, the media present their positions without reasons, implying that there can be no reasons for their opposition, that it is irrational, emotional, selfish.

Re Iraq in 1991, Robinson writes, "the intervention decision was grounded in geo-strategic concerns regarding the vast number of unwanted Kurdish refugees that threatened to flood into southern Turkey. ... geo-strategic concerns rather than media-inspired humanitarian intent or media-public relations are sufficient to explain the intervention."

Before Bush's 25 November 1992 decision to intervene in Somalia, the media said little about the famine there. After the decision, the media helped to build support for intervention by giving the famine far more coverage, empathising with the Somali people and highlighting positive aspects of the decision.

Robinson writes, "In situations where governments have already decided, for reasons unrelated to the media, to intervene, empathy coverage functions to support the policy of intervention." Key words for empathy-framing are women, children, elderly and refugees.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2004
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Piers Robinson has clearly demstrated that he is in touch with the views of the common man, so refreshing to read a theoretical book by a leading academic in his field that is clearly in touch with current thinking. I was pleased to see clear and yet not didactic influence from Chomsky. The book casts no aspersions about the influence Ogonovsky, Winter, Drew et al on the thought process that Robinson has employed in order to reach current conclusions.While Eric Berne describes Transactional Analysis as a humanistic educational psychology, Robinson uses the premise that educational difficulties can be addressed effectively with co-operative goodwill and a coherent theoretical framework which clarifies the human dynamics involved. A fantastic read. Well done Robinson. Good chap
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