“Frames” and Bias: How a Lack of Context in Middle East News Coverage can Impact U.S. Foreign Policy
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
This thesis is a critical examination into how American mainstream news media outlets often neglect to incorporate religious, cultural and historical context into their coverage of the Middle East. I show through my research and analysis that the news coverage of the Middle East, even at the highest echelons of American journalism, is often lacking in sophistication in terms of cultural and religious context, sometimes to the point of affecting its fairness and accuracy. The danger of this is that it has the power to grossly simplify and reduce to an “us versus them” frame an entire contingent of the global population: the Muslim world. I show that this fairness and accuracy is important because it directly impacts public opinion by promoting stereotypes and simplistic “frames” of storytelling, which, in turn, can affect the foreign policy making process by making it less democratic and potentially even altering the outcome of that policy.
journalism, Middle East, foreign policy, media, public opinion, impact bias, context
International Relations | Journalism Studies
© Jennifer Lois Moore
Moore, Jennifer Lois, "“Frames” and Bias: How a Lack of Context in Middle East News Coverage can Impact U.S. Foreign Policy" (2016). MSU Graduate Theses. 3053.