Skip to main content

Culture Clash: Why the Media and the Military Can’t Get Along

  • 1883 Accesses

Part of the Canada and International Affairs book series (CIAF)

Abstract

Journalists and members of the profession of arms have this much in common: both groups flatter themselves that they play a unique and vitally important role in supporting and defending freedom and democracy. Despite this commonality of missions, there is a long-standing and profound antagonism between the media and the military that has its roots in the very different cultures of the two professions. This clash of cultures is more than just the media’s desire for openness and transparency on the one hand, and the military’s need for secrecy and security on the other. Rather, it has its roots in the concept of honour at the heart of the military ethos, a concept which is alien to both the media and the civilian institutions that the media covers.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

Chapter
USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-26403-1_12
  • Chapter length: 16 pages
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
eBook
USD   44.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-26403-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD   59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD   59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)

References

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2020 The Author(s)

About this chapter

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Potter, A. (2020). Culture Clash: Why the Media and the Military Can’t Get Along. In: Juneau, T., Lagassé, P., Vucetic, S. (eds) Canadian Defence Policy in Theory and Practice. Canada and International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-26403-1_12

Download citation