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Through class readings and discussion we have learned how the media has had a transforming effect on all aspects of US politics The most important effect the media has had on our political system today is within our foreign affairs and policymaking The media has increased access to information created more influence and opinion and finally has transformed the relationship between foreign policy and the press The media has increased the awareness of foreign events to US citizens and of US events to other parts of the world Satellite programming has had the biggest impact on increased awareness CNN is available in nations all over the world and regardless of where or who you are you can keep updated on the current events of countries everywhere This is keeping people updated and helping to create public opinion on matters of foreign affairs Another tool for increased awareness is through the Internet The Internet is a little bit harder to control by the government and provides fairly reliable information on events throughout the world Last fall when the Military coup took over the government in Pakistan you were unable to hear much about it on the news due to government control and closure however updated information was available on the Internet This increased awareness is creating a greater influence on policy making The media exposure to foreign events could possible be the only information the public knows about a specific area or event how and what they report greatly affects the opinion and expectations the public has This gives the media extraordinary influence on foreign policy this power is most commonly used to gather public support and effect policy For example the Kuwaiti government and citizens for a free Kuwait were trying to gain US support against Iraq Parades speeches and eyewitness accounts were included in their attempts to rally support One eyewitness account was from a young Kuwaiti girl who explained the atrocities happening in
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