I had never seen the documentary Control Room before, so I was really intrigued to see how the documentary portrayed how both sides of the war were being represented/what they were showing. Many of the news segments being broadcasted on Al Jazeera were being portrayed as “anti-American,” while American media was trying to do the same but with reversed roles. One of the american military men in the documentary even said that many of the people he had met in Iraq were nice people, but the American media wouldn’t broadcast the positives of being immersed in a different culture. Since the war had divided views, they would have to show a negative view of Iraq and try to get citizens to support the war and the things going on.
In relation to my If It Happened There report, although I had the event occur in England, the ‘news article’ is still affiliated with issues in America. I feel that is something that many American news outlets do, even if they’re covering things globally. I based my report off of the Oregon shooting, and I chose it because not only is it a recent event, but also I feel that gun control is something that has been a common topic of conversation. Although I made the event take place in London, I still related it back to America and the issues going on at home. I also feel like in relation to the documentary, news outlets hold a big influence over their viewers. By contributing in facts and views about gun control in the United States within an issue that happened elsewhere in the world, news outlets can still hold an influence over their viewers.