The central question I aim to answer is how Western mainstream media portrays the Middle East through journalistic devices. I will answer this question through the use of specific examples in the media over time, specifically in the 15 years before and after 9/11. A myriad of books and articles on the subject exist in the Pitt library system as well as the Carnegie system. Specifically, Pens and Swords by Marda Dunsky (2008) will be an essential tool in my research. I would also like to examine how different media outlets (CNN, BBC, FOX, etc.) have manipulated the news to suit their individual interests. Something I am curious to integrate would be Middle Eastern media in relation to the United States, but I will figure out if I have the available space in my Research Paper as I progress with the subject.
Working Thesis: The way American mainstream media portrays the Middle East has changed in the past 30 years, specifically relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict, post 9/11 sentiment in America, and the Syrian refugee crisis, depending largely on the media outlet presenting the news.
Why should we care? This is simple. We encounter the media every single day, advertently or inadvertently. I have always wondered about the other end of the spectrum, Middle Eastern media, and what is being said of the US. There are politics surrounding mass media that we’re unaware of and I think the investigation of it would be both fruitful and interesting.