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Media's Role in the Public Perception of
Instant Event Idea
Nuclear Terrorism: Blinding Horizons
Special correspondent Peter Bergen, author of
best-seller Holy War, Inc., investigates al Qaeda's attempts to
obtain and develop crude nuclear weapons. The film also recounts
Bergen's travels inside the former Soviet Union, revealing
worrying security lapses at various nuclear installations.
"After September 11 what was improbable or
unthinkable is now something that people are concerned about."
Produced and owned by National Geographic, this
film can be obtained for viewing by contacting SPUSA's
national office. Please allow one week to process all requests.
Suggested Ethical Questions for Discussion:
1. This is a media production covering a national security issue.
Does it coincide with the norm in media releases?
2. How might this documentary be trying to influence the public?
Are these influential attempts a result of any outside pressure
on the producers?
3. Do you feel that any group ethnic, political or otherwise,
4. Does this documentary appear biased in any way?
5. There are a variety of quotes from experts in this video. Are
they credible voices? Is there enough variety in the opinions represented?
6. Are journalists, such as Peter Bergen, a threat to our security?
7. Is the media prone to be used by terrorists, such as Osama bin
Laden, to broadcast their threats?
8. Peter Bergen's job is a tough and controversial one. Does this
documentary do enough to show the difficulties journalists, such
as Mr. Bergen, endure?
9. Is the media being unfairly blamed for national security problems?