Accession Number : ADA017115

Title :   Press Coverage of Secretary Kissinger's Remarks on Military Action in the Middle East.

Descriptive Note : Individual research project rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Gatzka,Charles A.

Report Date : 23 MAY 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 68

Abstract : In an interview with Business Week magazine, Secretary of State Kissinger said he would not rule out completely the use of military force in the Middle East in the face of 'strangulation' of the industrialized world. His remarks about military force stirred worldwide controversy. The use of military force against Middle East oil producers had been a subject in the press as far back as the 1973 oil embargo, but the question had not been addressed by anyone directly responsible for US foreign policy prior to Secretary Kissinger's remarks. The press responded with wide coverage of the interview in news stories, opinion columns, and editorials. After examining the press coverage in the United States in January 1975, it was concluded that while the press did overreact in playing up the remarks by overshadowing the rest of the interview, the news stories were nevertheless objective. More of the newspaper columnists and editorials supported rather than opposed the remarks.

Descriptors :   *Political science, *Middle East, Foreign policy, United States Government, Newspapers, Fuel oil, Petroleum industry, Economics

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE