Global television news and foreign policy: Debating the CNN effect

Eytan Gilboa

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This study investigates the origins and development of the cable news network (CNN) effect hypothesis. It reveals an ongoing debate among politicians, officials, and journalists who are involved in the political processes that this hypothesis attempts to explain, and also among scholars who have been studying it. Debates have been conducted both within and among these groups on the meaning and validity of the CNN effect, but none has contributed significantly to resolving the issue. On the contrary, these debates have presented contradicting statements that have only created confusion and misunderstanding. This study presents lessons from the decade-long effort to explore the CNN effect and projects a new agenda for more useful approaches towards different effects of global communication, apart from those covered by the present controversial hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-341
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Studies Perspectives
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • CNN
  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign policy making
  • Global communication
  • Humanitarian military intervention
  • Media effects
  • Television news


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