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Manufacturing Terror: The Media’s Anti-Arab and Anti-Muslim Problem



“You Are A Terrorist,” street poster photo by (cc) Flickr user GaijinSeb

After the Boston Marathon bombing, journalists scrambled to identify those responsible for the attack, and their motive. Rolling news and online message boards were filled with speculation, many pointing the finger at Muslims and Arabs. Does the media reinforce anti-Arab and anti-Muslim stereotypes?

Adel Iskandar, media and communications scholar; Mike German, ACLU Washington Legislative Office senior policy council; Maytha Alhassen, University of Southern California Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity; Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, HuffPost Live co-founding member

Special thanks to The Media Democracy Fund and The Media Consortium for funding our travel to the National Conference on Media Reform

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