Terrorism Experts Debate Role of Media

Terrorism as we know it would not exist without the media. That
was the consensus at a panel discussion last week presented by the
National Capital Chapter of PRSA. Terrorism, for example, does not
exist in totalitarian states where media is tightly controlled,
said Jerrold Post, director of the political psychology program at
George Washington University and a panelist at "Dying to be Heard:
Terrorism and the Modern Media." Terrorist acts in certain areas
where there is heavy media coverage peaks between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
on Thursday evenings - immediately before the newspapers' deadlines
for the big Friday issue, so that editors have little time to
analyze events, but enough time to put headlines and bloody photos
on the front page.