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OBJECTIVITY REVISISTED: A STUDY OF THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA’S COVERAGE OF COLIN POWELL’S UN PRESENTATION

by Xie, Yanmei

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This thesis uses U.S. mainstream media’s coverage of then Secretary of State Colin Powell’s address to the UN Security Council prior to the Iraq War as a case study to examine the role of the principle of objectivity in U.S. journalism. In that address, Powell claimed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. In covering that event, the media to a large extent took Powell’s statement at its face value, and led the American public believe that Iraq did possess WMD and that the threat was massive and imminent. Many critics blame objectivity for the media’s failure and call for abandoning the long-standing principle. This thesis goes back into history and seeks the true meaning of objectivity from its roots. The paper answers the questions whether adherence to objectivity was the reason that derailed news reports from truth, and what objective reporting truly is.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:objectivity journalism ethics iraq war

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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