150 words agree or disagree A symbiotic relationship is where two entities interact and benefit one another. This is certainly true of the media and

150 words agree or disagree A symbiotic relationship is where two entities interact and benefit one another.  This is certainly true of the media and terrorist activities.  Terrorists commit an act and the media reports on it for ratings.  In turn, the terrorist individual or group has their message spread on a large scale.  “Of course, we long knew that this coverage could theoretically cater to the interests of terrorist groups by spreading their message, creating fear in a target society, and recruiting followers” (Jetter, 2018).  It ends up being a win-win for the two regardless of any negative outcomes. One example of this is the beheadings in the early 2000s.  When video was released of the beheadings to the media they were widely disseminated to the public to spread the group’s ideologies.  Another interesting incident that was media aid to terrorists was none other than Geraldo Rivera’s live broadcasting of Army movements in Iraq.  Geraldo was attached to the 101st Airborne unit and on live television drew a map in the sand at his feet to show current military positions as well as movements in the near future (Plante, 2003).  Although it is unknown if any terrorist action came directly as a result of this it did show a direct connection between the media and its relationship with terrorists. What is interesting about the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments and the American people is that people do not seem to understand that the Constitution merely outlines the powers given and limited to the federal government of the U.S.  The 1st Amendment, in short, means the government cannot interfere or make laws pertaining to the context of the amendment.  It does not state that the government has to divulge information.  The courts and judges have established reasonable laws that may effect the freedom of the press when it does pertain to matters of national security.  All in all, the government can limit the press when it is a matter of national security and simply not divulge information regarding government decisions and terrorist actions. References Jetter, M. (2018, August 13). Does media attention encourage terrorism and facilitate recruitment? Retrieved from https://theglobalcoalition.org/en/does-media-attention-encourage-terrorism-and-facilitate-recruitment/ Plante, C. (2003, March 31). Military kicks Geraldo out of Iraq. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/03/31/sprj.irq.geraldo/

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