Fear of Islam in the modern times is almost similar to the fear felt by the people towards Communism and Fascism during their peak. Furthermore, dominating the powerful Western media today is paranoia towards Islam and anything related to it, just as anti-Communism and anti-Nazi campaigns dominated the Western Media in the last century (Agha, 2000, p. Even at the peak of the death of the most wanted “terrorist” bin Laden, there was a heightened level of news coverage that talks about Islam and terrorism – as if the two terms are directly associated (or proven to be) to each other (Morey & Yaqin, 2011, p. According to some studies, this resulted in the worse public opinion of the Americans towards the Muslims, the Middle-Easterners, or even Islam in general. This worsening of the situation can be reflected on the increased tolerance towards restricting civil liberties of Muslim Americans and immigrants by having them report and register their whereabouts, making difficult the construction of mosques, increasing police surveillance of mosques, and even religious profiling (Morey & Yaqin, 2011, p.The question of the influence of the media with regards to this issue can easily spark a heated debate among people. It is said that public opinion is shaped by such powerful determinants and providers of information as the mass media (Abrahamian, 2003, p. Several studies show that mass media played a crucial role in determining public opinions regarding the civil liberties of Muslims and Middle-Easterners in the U. and regarding the current state of the conflict between the West and the “war on terror” (Revell, 2010, p. Based on previous researches that study how providers of information shape public. Does Media Bias Cause Islam to be Misunderstood.
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