These dominant ways influence every nation, even if they are not involved in the war, a degree of transnationalization of the media. Coverage could come from a broader range of locations, more quickly and be beamed back across the world (Brown 2003, 4). The television only brought into focus the important ‘hotspot’ of Iraq. Without analyzing, who is wrong and who is right in the Iraq war and who is the victim and who is the threat, this paper will critically analyze how the two important Television channels from different backgrounds, CNN and Al-Jazeera covered and importantly ‘showed’ us the Iraq war. So, the aim of the paper is to find out find out by using Chomsky’s model, how predominant ways is not the perfect, ethical way to go about for CNN and Al-Jazeera.
CNN (acronym for The Cable News Network) was founded by Ted Turner. CNN rose to fame in 1991 with the coverage of the First Iraq war. That is, when Iraq was bombed by America, CNN was the only news channel, which communicated from Iraq during the initial hours of the American bombing campaign. Its camera crew stationing in the al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad gave covert, live, greenish night-vision shots of the Baghdad sky line with tracers and explosion lighting the night sky, at the same time killing the people. Even though CNN cannot be accused for these causalities, they can be accused of covering the war in a predominant way.
Now, the same accusation was being leveled against CNN with the Iraq invasion and overthrowing of Saddam Hussein. CNN with its team of reporters, cameraman and crew got well entrenched in Iraq and gave a 24 hour coverage of the war. They especially used the concept of Embedded journalists, the term given to a news reporter, who is attached to a military unit, which is involved in an armed conflict. CNN involved a number of Embedded journalists. But there are criticisms