The Global News Networks and U.S. Policymaking in Defense and Foreign Affairs

By Eytan Gilboa

A paper by Eytan Gilboa, spring 2002 fellow, investigates the effects of global television news on the formulation and implementation of foreign policy. While it found no evidence to support the “CNN effect,” a theory that claims global television now determines policy, it does present evidence and analysis of other significant effects on various phases and dimensions of policymaking. The study also suggests that global news coverage has created political, professional, and ethical dilemmas for the three major groups of participants in policymaking: politicians, officials, and journalists. Furthermore, it asserts that these groups haven’t yet sufficiently adjusted to the new television-saturated environment of policymaking.

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