Pseudo Events Research Paper

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Presidential Pseudo-Events The First World War manifested a turning point in American journalism in regard to the development of political pseudo-events and propaganda. America’s entrance into World War I is tied to the nation’s first methodical and institutionalized governmental program of propaganda. There have been only two instances in which the United States government established agencies to generate nationalistic support for war; the first time was in support of World War I and the second time was for World War II. The Committee of Public Information (CPI) was created as the media agency for World War I and it produced propaganda on an enormous scale that had never been seen in America before. The CPI was established via…show more content…
Americans actually didn’t want to enter the war; during this time there were no national interests at stake. Yet Wilson is saying that he has tried to know what his fellow Americans think while he is declaring the importance of preparing for war in the same dialogue? Even 5 months later, after the famous sinking of the Lusitania by German U-boat torpedo, which killed 124 U.S. citizens, Americans still didn’t want to fight. An overlooked fact is that Great Britain’s navy had blockaded Germany, starving their population. As a result, Germany retaliated with submarine warfare, and even warned that it was inevitable that neutral ships would be mistakenly targeted. So in response, Wilson ordered that merchant ships were to be loaded with U.S. Navy crews so that they could fire at German U-boats when passing through the war zone. The outcome proved to be dire, as 4 ships had been destroyed by the time Wilson went to Congress to ask for the declaration of war. John Bassett Moore, a professor of International Law at Columbia University, who later served at the International Court of Justice, argued that, “what most decisively contributed to the involvement of the United States in the war was the assertion of a right to protect belligerent ships on which Americans saw fit to travel and the treatment of armed belligerent merchantmen as peaceful vessels. Both assumptions were contrary to reason, and no other neutral advanced them”
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