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Politics and Public Administration
POL 128
Joseph Zboralski

Wag the Dog -displays how media can alter politics -was made shortly after the Lewinsky/Clinton scandal (which Clinton reacted to by attacking Sudan) Real life examples of how media/politicians manipulate and fabricate stories: • After the war in Iraq started and it became evident that there were no weapons of mass destruction in the country, only the New York Times formally admitted to lazy journalism and printing something that wasn’t true • NFL linebacker Pat Tillman joined army after 9/11 and became a token of patriotism. Soon after going into combat he was killed. It was withheld from the public, though, that he was killed by US troops accidentally • Jessica Lynch, an all-American (blonde hair, blue eyes) woman, fighting in Iraq, was injured/taken prisoner by Iraqi terrorists. Video footage captured her rescue and it became a story of American bravery. She late
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