“Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media by which men communicate than by the content of the communication.” -Marshal McLuhan
In the past years, and certainly in the future, media has proved to be the essential teacher when it comes to the history of certain events. Other than word of mouth, the media has been the most influential tool in our daily lives. From morning newspapers, to the radio on the drive to work, to the new Time magazine in the mail, to the 6 o'clock news, media is everywhere. Like it or not, media influences people's ideals on an everyday basis. Since media constitutes as the most influential teacher, you'd expect to hear all sides of the story, but this is rarely ever the case. Take 1991 for example.
On August 2nd, 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein sent troops into and occupied the neighboring country of Kuwait. Kuwait, though very small, had one of the largest oil reserves in the world, and that was exactly what Saddam Hussein was after. The invasion was viewed as a shock and the United Nations Security Council soon passed twelve resolutions which condemned the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Iraq had just come off of a successful victory against neighboring Iran that spanned eight years which the United States accommodated on the part of Iraq. On November 8th, 1990, President George Bush announced the military offense at "Operation Desert Storm" and soon formed an international coalition to move Iraq out of Kuwait. On January 17th, 1991 Operation Desert Storm was in full effect as bombing begun over Iraq. The war then turned to ground war which lasted exactly 100 hours. The war was clearly one-sided and Iraq agreed to a truce and eventually a cease-fire on April 6, 1991. They agreed to pay all reparations towards Kuwait and to cut down their weapons of mass destruction. The U.N., however, failed to lift sanctions.
As soon as talk of war broke out, networks h…