Images of African-Americans and Muslims in the Media Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at how African-Americans and Muslims are represented in the media.
# 146284 | 1,382 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines what it considers to be the biased portrayal of minorities, specifically African-Americans and Muslims, in the news media. The paper is written as part of an anthropology class project with numerous references to works and concepts mentioned in the course. It further addresses how in the author's opinion, CNN makes an effort to be fair in its representation of ethnic minorities. This is contrasted with the author's view of Fox news. Then, the paper cites the work of Christiane Amanpour, which it finds highly professional and unbiased. Finally, the paper explores how Muslims are represented in the British media, especially following the terror attacks of 9/11.

From the Paper:

"African Americans and Muslims are the ethnic groups least likely to receive unbiased coverage from Western news media outlets. In particular, television news coverage of Muslim issues is often tainted with cliched stereotypes and unfair generalizations - due in part to an apparent lack of cultural knowledge by reporters and in part by the built-in post-September 11 biases against Islam. For African Americans the news media on too many occasions offers inappropriate and/or inaccurate reports that have hurt blacks' racial and cultural image and their desire to be respected as an upwardly mobile cultural group of successful individuals and families. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balibar, Etienne. (?) Fictive Ethnicity and Ideal Nation.
  • Cable News Network - CNN (2009). The Black Woman & Family. Retrieved March 6, 2009, from
  • Goldenberg, Suzanne. (2008). Interview: Christiane Amanpour: 'Somehow I don't feel it In my gut.' The Guardian. Retrieved March 6, 2009, from
  • Harb, Zahera, & Bessaiso, Ehab. (2006). British Arab Muslim Audiences and Television After September 11. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32(6), 1063-1076.
  • Kabir, Nahid. (2006). Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Australian Media, 2001-2005. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 26(3), 313-322.

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