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Fueling our fears; stereotyping, media coverage, and public opinion of Muslim Americans.


Fueling our fears; stereotyping, media coverage, and public opinion of Muslim Americans.

Nacos, Brigitte L. and Oscar Torres-Reyna.

Rowman & Littlefield


141 pages




The authors (professors of political science at Columbia U.) conduct content analysis on US national media coverage of Muslims in the United States and abroad, the September 11th attacks, and the "War on Terror" and explore connections with public attitudes towards Muslims and important issues of war and peace. They describe a brief period of improvement in media depictions of Muslims and on inclusion of Muslim voices following the 9-11 attacks that unfortunately reverted back to its previous imbalance and describe one newspaper's coverage as an exemplary alternative to the overall media inadequacies. Looking at American public attitudes, they not surprisingly find that heavier news consumers were more likely to be fearful of additional terrorist attacks and support the curtailment of Muslims' civil liberties. They also provide a depressing discussion of the media's coverage of the question of torture prior to and following the Abu Ghraib scandal and conclude with a discussion of Muslim Americans' views about media and its influence on American politics and the general public.

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Date:May 1, 2007
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