Posts Tagged ‘al jazeera’

Why Editorials Make Bad Sources

This post is mainly a deconstruction of an article that appeared on the twitter feed as a source, and was an editorial. The editorial itself contained a number of factual errors that even five seconds of research could have fixed. This is in no way a criticism of the person who believed this was a decent source, ignorance is to be corrected, not criticized.

The article in particular is located on Al-Jazeera here: http://english.aljazeera.net/focus/2010/02/2010225111933403649.html “Israel’s New War Against Islamic Sites”

This is extremely relevant to terrorism and the press because of the idea that incitements promote violence and the press spreads these allegation thereby hurting or helping the creation of demonstrations, riots, and violence.  Read more

Context Matters: A Look at 9/11 Coverage in the U.S. and Abroad

American news reporters on the morning of September 11th, 2001 found themselves in a context that most, if not all of them had never experienced before. Some unknown, evil force was attacking their nation, targeting iconic symbols of America’s towering capitalistic power, along with all of the innocent civilians inside. In that environment of extreme stress, grief, and even anger, it becomes clear that external factors can greatly influence the media’s ability to present an objective report of the news. Examining the coverage of 9/11 and the U.S. retaliation in Afghanistan in October 2001 further shows that the relevant context does not only include human emotions. Factors such as geography, ideology, history, and public expectation must also be considered. Read more

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Terrorism and the Press

This blog is an integral part of a special section of Honors 394 Spring 2010, Arizona State University. Rather than a routine history course this dynamic, interactive seminar explores the interplay between terrorism and television, and other media sources on-line and in print. 26 students and their global pen pals comprise the bloggers. We welcome all to share their opinions, pertinent observations, insights, comments, feedback. Please post in a responsible manner.