Media and the United Stataes' government have always had a difficult relationship. In certain ways, the media is very beneficial to the government, however, it can also be a powerful tool to work against its goals, especially its foreign policy ambitions. As a result, the government tries to regulate media's coverage of military encounters in hopes of preventing unfavorable public opinion to influence military goals.
The first, and perhaps most important, example of this relationship is media's influence upon the Vietnam War. In the past, Americans had greatly supported troops and the government in military conquests. However, when the horrors of this war were brought into average Americans' living rooms. As a result, popular support for the war virtually disappeared, and that greatly affected how the United States changed its military conquests.
Obviously, since the end of the Vietnam War, technology has advanced greatly. I will study what policies and regulations the government has implemented in order to combat the dangers of media. This issue has become exceedingly important considering the recent issues of wikileaks. I will critique the government's effectiveness in anticipating these challenges, and will ask important questions in the legitimacy of the government's regulations.