Primetime Patriotism: News Media and the Securitization of Iraq

Ciaran O’Reilly


Predicated on a revision of the particular criteria for success, this article contends that the Iraq War was an example of successful securitization. It examines the role of the US news media in supporting the government’s push for war in the context of heightened national feeling and patriotism after the events of 9/11.

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