Mass Media and Public Opinion

Assess the importance of media (in all its forms) in setting the agenda for national security policy. Provide examples. Does public opinion influence decision making in the national security arena? Why or why not? And to what end?
Below are links to our course weekly readings to use a sources if needed. Also, attached are additional readings from our course work to use if needed.
The Iraq War continues to divide the U.S. public, 15 years after it began

https://www.cfr.org/event/does-public-opinion-matter-world-attitudes-global-governance