Publication Date

Fall 11-28-2018


School of Divinity


Global Studies


Islam, Media, CNN, Fox, Journalism, Perceptions, Public Opinion, America, US


Journalism Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social Influence and Political Communication | Social Statistics


This study seeks to understand the correlation between the average American's understanding of a Muslim and the portrayal of Muslims in relevant news events. After defining terms and reviewing previous literature, two news sources will be used to compare various historically-significant events. The major events to be studied are the September 11 attacks of 2001, the American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the “Arab Spring”. Precedent literature shall be used to determine a baseline understanding of common American perceptions of Muslims. From the baseline understandings of American perceptions and the established definitions regarding Muslims, a connection will be drawn between the claims of media sources and the American perceptions.