Lesson Plan: Is All Press Positive?
Analyzing Media and Propaganda about Muslims in Post 9/11 America
The following websites take an unfiltered look at media bias in post 9/11 America, offering examples and statistics that your students may find useful for the class project or longer-term assignments.
Muslim While Flying
Award-winning short video by Ali Ardekani, a video blogger, about stereotypes and media generalizations towards Muslims.
Negative Perception of Islam Increasing
Washington Post article about Washington Post/ABC News 2006 survey results.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
The website of CAIR provides a thorough look at the rise of Islamophobia—unfounded fear or and hostility toward Islam—in the US post 9/11.
This 2008 report documents examples of Islamophobic references in the media. Compiled by the nonprofit “Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.”
Obsession with Hate
This site created by the nonpartisan community coalition, Hate Hurts America, looks at the distribution of 28 million copies of the anti-Muslim DVD “Obsession” during the 2008 election campaign.
CNN’s Campbell Brown “So What if Obama is a Muslim?”
CNN’s Campbell Brown speaks out about media bias during the 2008 election campaign.
Colin Powell on “Meet the Press”
During his appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” during the 2008 Presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell questions the bias against Barack Obama due to his middle name “Hussein” and asks, “Is there something wrong with being Muslim in this country? No, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim American kid believing that he or she could be president?”
Media Matters for America
The not-for-profit research and information center dedicated to monitoring, analyzing, and correcting misinformation in the U.S. media keeps track of media-based attacks on Muslims and Islam.
A non-profit online project to document material in the public domain which advocates a fear and hatred of the Muslim peoples of the world and Islam as a religion.