A Research of the Media Coverage of the War on Drugs:.
Marijuana: The Facts and the Media Coverage.
The "war on drugs" was announced by President Nixon in 1971. The media has.
been there since the very beginning: covering this so called war with every means at their.
disposal. Some feel that this media frenzy was caused, in large part, by the government.
of the United States of America. Others feel- that this heightened media coverage is a.
direct result of the consequences of drugs and drug abuse. For whatever reasons that the.
media was there, the participants in this pro and con attitude that surrounded the "war on.
drugs," used any platform that the media could provide them with to speak their thoughts.
on the subject. The proprietors of these thoughts and words were people of all types. .
They ranged from professors, to congressmen, to prisoners of the "war on drugs." All of.
these people had something to say and the media was there to listen to most all of it. .
In the following pages two opposite views about the "war on drugs" will be.
looked at. Those who believe the war on drugs is effective, and those who feel it is a.
gross waste of money as well as a violation of human rights. Also, whether or not the.
media played a non-bias role in covering both sides of the issue. In particular, the media.
frenzy that lasted from 1983 to 1987 will be examined. This period in the coverage on.
the "war on drugs" followed a classic pattern of a slow initial increase in overall media.
attention, followed by a shift in emphasis to subjects of broader interest. Then interest in.
the drug issues increased sharply, peaked, and declined. I will also look at the role the.
media played in the stages of the "war on drugs." From the fear that general America had.
due to the large number of young adults and children who were smoking marijuana and.
experimenting with mind altering substances, such as LSD, in the 1960's. To the.