The Skeptics

Support for Whacking Iran: Who Needs Propaganda?

Lurking beneath the recent debate about a military strike on Iran is a question that has received relatively little attention so far: the question of public support. Hawks, thus far, have relied on the notion that a military victory will bring approval, while critics have argued that the Iraq experience has produced an American public unwilling to support further adventurism in the Middle East. Both sides are wrong.

Foreign Influence in the News?

In my last post, I wrote about why United States’ new Virtual Embassy Tehran will fail to communicate persuasively with Iranian audiences. This post considers almost the complete opposite issue: the ability of foreign leaders to influence the American audience through the U.S. news media.