Accession Number : ADA182851

Title :   Congressional and Media Influences on the Military: A Dilemma for the Peacetime Warrior.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : McCracken,Charles M.

Report Date : 17 MAR 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : This essay critically analyzes the negative nature of Congressional and media influences on the military establishment. Using the economic, political, and sociological aspects of the American democratic society as a framework, the author examines the motives behind Congressional and media efforts to portray the peacetime military organization in a negative light. The degree of responsibility of Congress and the media in supporting national interests as opposed to perpetuating their personal careers at the expense of the military is the key issue. The irony presented is that the freedom that the military is pledged to maintain is precisely the same freedom that allows the military to be used as a public whipping boy. The article recognizes that only a major crisis that would threaten the country is likely to change the methodology of Congress and the media in dealing with the military because that is the nature of a peacetime democracy.

Descriptors :   *CONGRESS, *MASS MEDIA, *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *PROPAGANDA, DEMOCRACY, SOCIETIES, METHODOLOGY, PEACETIME, COSTS, MILITARY FACILITIES, REPORTS

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE