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Does The News Cause Anti-Islamic Bigotry?

October 2, 2011

The news doesn’t have to lie to deceive us. It can just tell us what it wants us to hear, and ignore or marginalize anything it doesn’t want us to think about. In the case of terrorism the media may have led to anti-Islamic bigotry by emphasizing Islamic terrorism and ignoring terrorism done by others. (I think we know this is true by experience, but a google news search for “terrorist attack usa” has no front-page news concerning non-Islamic terrorism.)

By doing that the public can be expected to assume that most terrorists are Muslims and that somehow being a Muslim can make people into terrorists. In fact, before 911 terrorism against abortion clinics was widely publicized. Afterwords I didn’t heard anything about it.

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