The 17 contributors to this symposium are divided between former government officials and journalists. Criticism is directed fairly evenly between the media for occasional irresponsibility and the government for moments of excessive manipulation. The best essays are by R. Gregory Nokes on the U.S. government's media campaign against Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya and by Harold Evans on British restrictions on a free press. The editor concludes that American media coverage of international news is good, improving, and does not set the foreign policy agenda.
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