The Middle East in American Media: A 21st Century Overview

Ayman Al Sharafat

Abstract


This study chronicles the portrayal of the Middle East in various American media that have received scholarly attention, centering on the print and broadcast media. The time frame of the media review in the United States towards the Middle East is from the September 11th attacks in 2001 until 2019. The article draws on the theory of orientalism to reveal a facet of the media that perpetuates false stereotypes of the Middle East as a threat to US interests, culture, and security. It finds that although the media in America have paid detailed attention to many issues in the Middle East during the last two decades, there are grounds to assume it has failed to comprehend the sociopolitical and economic reasons behind such issues. Coverage of the Middle East in American media during the 21st century has paralleled the government's official viewpoints and interests in the region.


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Media, The United States, The Middle East

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/nh.2019.4.130-143
Data publikacji: 2019-09-13 22:32:48
Data złożenia artykułu: 2019-07-14 21:37:04

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