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The Bias in the U.

S Media Coverage on
Terrorism and the War on Terror

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The events of September 11, 2001 terror attack resulted in effects that were devastating with a
high death toll and it also jeopardized American economy. Clearly, the media depicts the notion
of U.S.A journalism fraternity as biased in its commitment of transparent and fair coverage on
the war of terror and terrorism. Analysis of the media coverage indicates that during the attack,
internal shifts in TV media resulted to different coverage styles as compared to other instances of
war, conflict and crisis. This was evidenced by large in how the audience perceived the framed
global terror issues (Edwards and Cromwell 13). This essay will focus on The Bias in the U.S
Media Coverage on Terrorism and the War on Terror.

Throughout the globe, media channels like newspapers, TV, new social media sites and other
communication channels are looked upon as a necessity. Numerous reports indicate more than 78
percent of the global populace has access to at least one if not all these media in the span of a
day. The manner in which these tools are used in all circumstances results to great social,
political and economic impact not just within the country but across the borders. As such,
coverage on any incidence demands great consideration on the kind of impact it will have
(Edwards and Cromwell 45).
As is portrayed by Fox News, MSNBC and CNN coverage, it is clear that indirect support from
the media fraternity through excessive projection of terror incredibly contributed to the
aggressive nature through which countries got involved in the wars. In his studies, George made
the discovery that TV was the only media with the capability of reporting more than 8 stable
forms of violence within an hour. As it was discovered, these presentations which were biased on
aggressive models displayed a negative influence not only on economic, social and political
factors but on individual psychological development and especially among children
(MacChesney 432).
A typical study on how the media covers terror attack has continued to depict the public exposed
to such kind of materials has the capacity of desensitizing public notion on violence as such,
ultimately inducing them into accepting to take part in that kind of crisis. This kind of coverage
results in intolerable and inhuman acts like vandalism, riots and bombings. This kind of coverage
that is biased during terror attacks by major television networks just helped turn the incident into
pointless dram through branding the attackers as radical groups while those attacked are termed
as calm, peaceful nations with rationales (Edwards and Cromwell 230).
Through their constant emotive language, the media in the course of such attacks can be
negatively used to instigate and motivate conflict leading to further increase of such incidences.
In his article, George Crimsy supports previous scholars through criticizing them exclusively for
the mechanism that underlines such as breaking news. He states that some of the reports that are
inexperienced often utilize this chance to create a state of dilemma and also forecast doom
(MacChesney 432).
The biased coverage nature on terror is currently the major cause of alarm. Psychologists have
made the discovery that it is such sensational, inconsiderate and biased coverage n the U.S.A that
results to backward growth, ignorance and arrogance on impact of terror on American citizens
(Macchensey 442(. It is expected that this will have an effect that is negative on social economic
progress of the nation as well as the global community. As such, the media industry is supposed
to portray reports in an objective manner that is aimed at fighting terrorism in a manner that is
positive.
Works Cited
Edwards, David, and David Cromwell. Israel and Palestine an Eye for an Eyelash Mac grow
publishers. N.p. 2009. Print. Pp. 134-300.

McChesney, Robert. Telling the Truth at the Moment of Truth: U.S. News Media and the
Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. N.p. 2008. Print. Pp. 1-529
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