ROLES (AND PERILS) OF BEING A WATCHDOG: THE PRESS AND GOVERNMENT

The relationship is complex because journalists and politicians depend on each other A free and independent media is a hallmark of freedom and provides an important check against government power. Meanwhile, government leaders are invested in pursuing their agenda. This brings about natural tensions between political objectives and the objective truth, and therefore between governments […]

INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART II: THIS TIME, IT’S PERSONAL

trust in our public and democratic institutions is falling away in a landslide An unknown sage observed, “Information is a tool of warfare, and information is warfare itself.” Three months ago, WAR ROOM featured my essay exploring the deteriorating information environment. Things are not getting better. Two major institutions are now emerging from crisis, both […]

THE MURKY MIX OF MEDIA, PUBLIC OPINION, AND POLICYMAKING

We as American citizens have to re-evaluate … the information we’re getting from social media to inform our understanding of foreign policy and world events. A constructive relationship between policymakers and the public is an important enabler for national security policy. When public opinion opposes options that an Administration wishes or needs to consider, that […]