This paper examines the perceptions of military related journalism among the military population. Using data gathered from interviews with military service personnel and veterans this research hoped to provide additional perspective. The research found that there are a diverse range of perspectives on military related journalism but that widespread frustration with military related journalism was common in military personnel and veterans.
Military-related journalism serves an important purpose, and has a special relevance in the modern era of nearly continuous American military involvement. Yet, conflicting goals have long made relations between journalists and the military difficult, and both institutions have faced abundant criticism regarding the role each plays in providing information to the public. This study seeks to provide additional perspective on the topic, and involves a consideration of the views held by individual military service members and veterans regarding military-related news. Data gathered from interviews suggests that, while a diversity of perspectives exist, widespread frustration with military-related reporting is very common among the military population.
Schmidt, H., 2020. “Hero-Worship” or “Manipulative and Oversimplifying”: How America’s Current and Former Military Service Members Perceive Military-Related News Reporting. Journal of Veterans Studies, 6(1), pp.13–24. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.v6i1.156