Media Coverage Impact Public Perception Essay

1688 Words Nov 14th, 2016 7 Pages
In Beirut, amongst a crowded marketplace, two ISIS supporters detonated themselves in order to massacre as many men, women, and children of all faiths (Miller, 2015). In Lahore, seventy people were killed “in a massive suicide bombing targeting Pakistani Christians” (Jazeera, 2016). In Kabul, bombs strapped to two Taliban crusaders exploded, killing at least twenty-four people, including senior security officials from the nearby Defense Ministry (Mashal & Sukhanyar, 2016). These horrendous incidents are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the occurrences that unfold in the Middle East: all extremely tragic events, all terrorist attacks, all receiving little to zero coverage through Western media. Media coverage impacts public perception, it influences the how people “learn, understand, and think about an issue” (Powell, 2011). At the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, students consume Western media in all types of forums. But the exposure of angled content can create a very specific viewpoint on a global issue that requires perspectives from all sides of the subject. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign students are aware of the obvious partiality in American media, but they lack incentive to seek stories of Terrorism in the Middle East because there is an insufficient amount available, overshadowed by the convenient content of Western media. U.S. media needs to “reestablish its journalistic practice in social conflict situations” (McLeod, 2009).

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