Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq by Scott A. BonnMass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq by Scott A. Bonn

Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq

byScott A. BonnForeword byMichael Welch

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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The attacks of 9/11 led to a war on Iraq, although there was neither tangible evidence that the nation's leader, Saddam Hussein, was linked to Osama bin Laden nor proof of weapons of mass destruction. Why, then, did the Iraq war garner so much acceptance in the United States during its primary stages?

Mass Deception argues that the George W. Bush administration manufactured public support for the war on Iraq. Scott A. Bonn introduces a unique, integrated, and interdisciplinary theory called "critical communication" to explain how and why political elites and the news media periodically create public panics that benefit both parties. Using quantitative analysis of public opinion polls and presidential rhetoric pre- and post-9/11 in the news media, Bonn applies the moral panic concept to the Iraq war. He critiques the war and occupation of Iraq as violations of domestic and international law. Finally, Mass Deception connects propaganda and distortion efforts by the Bush administration to more general theories of elite deviance and state crime.
Scott A. Bonn is an assistant professor of sociology at Drew University.
Title:Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on IraqFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081354789X

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"An impressively documented and researched study of an immensely consequential topic that deserves a wide readership. Highly Recommended."