War on Television: Lessons for and from the Golf War

Philip Taylor


One year on - from the weather and the sea you would never guess that anything had happened'. Such was Christopher Bellamy's recent observation from aboard HMS Sheffield for The Independent about the ecological condition of the waters of the Persian Gulf a year after Operation Desert Storm1 • Considering the high media profile afforded to oil-smeared cormorants on glooming Saudi beaches, to blazing Kuwaiti oil-wells and to what was portrayed at the time as an ecological disaster of almost apocalyptic proportions, such an observation merely highlights the degree to which television audiences worldwide were bombarded with propaganda during the GulfWarof 1991.

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