Re: MEDIA/TV: How to present the 'War on Terrorism'

From: Michael Wiik (
Date: Sat Sep 22 2001 - 11:02:15 MDT

Mike Lorrey <> wrote:

> Fortunately, we have the Northern Alliance to help out on the ground.

No doubt, but how telegenic are they? Wouldn't they be seen by the
american television-watching audience as just more nondescript
un-uniformed towel-heads running around with AK47s? Would sincere media
interviews with these people provide insights into the nature of god,
religion and how society be structured that would be in-line with
western ideals? I think not.

Maybe providing clean uniforms, a shave and a haircut would help here.
Ooops, maybe not :-/

> I think strikes on the Taliban's remaining military assets: it's Sukhoi
> fighters, Tu-54 and 55 tanks, etc would also help tip the tactical
> balance.

Tactical balance aside, showing downing of enemy fighters -- especially
if accomplished by america's islamic allies, as televised during the
gulf war -- would be a big ratings hit. Tu-54's and 55's are getting a
little old and don't look anywhere near as formidable as our own M-1
tanks, thus perhaps not the most photogenic of targets.

> I thought of something like this, but more along the lines of a bounty
> on Taliban: $100 US for each rifle and Taliban head brought in.

It would be interesting to know the average cost per dead enemy soldier
for the various wars of the 20th century. I think $100 may be a
pittance, perhaps $1000/taliban head is doable. I dunno how well
bounty-induced killings would fare on the evening news, however,
especially if it looks iffy that this dead guy in a turban with a long
beard is actually an enemy combatant.

> Producing fake bodies is not needed, the real thing is all to prevalent
> already in that country.

Sad but true. As this continues the corpses will pile up in great


Michael Wiik
Messagenet Communications Research
Washington DC Area Internet and WWW Consultants

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