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The Iraq War 2003 in Western Media and Public Opinion: A Case Study of the Effects of Military (Non-) Involvement on Conflict Perception

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There is only little empirical data, and few studies available at this moment on the media coverage of the war in Iraq in 2003. The following contribution comprises preliminary observations that allow explorative hypotheses as a starting point for future research. It concentrates on the media coverage in three countries – the United States, Great Britain, and Germany –, and it focuses on finding out whether political and military involvement and a country's participation in war has made a difference to their respective media systems. Is impartiality and objectivity upheld in a country that goes to war?

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