Media Bias In the United States – Part One
Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya Series
By: Hasan Yahya, Professor of Comparative Sociology
The Palestine Media Watch, The Electronic Intifada- published a research report survey about media bias in the United States. And came to the conclusion that Arabs and Muslims have a long way to go in America! Where media shows Colored Democracy or many democracy faces or Undemocratic Democracy. The survey titled: Israeli and Palestinian voices on the US op-ed pages, made by Patrick O’Connor, Palestine Media Watch, 13 March 2006. In the first part the author describing how Palestinians are generally not allowed In the US media to speak for themselves or to articulate their historical narrative. Israelis, however, are permitted to speak, to explain the Israeli experience and even to explain about Palestinians. As a result, the Israeli story is known in the US while Palestinians are dehumanized. This report exhaustively details the extent to which Palestinian voices have been silenced in the op-ed pages of major US newspapers for the past five years. This report compares the number of opinion pieces published by Israeli writers with those published by Palestinian writers between September 29, 2000, and December 31, 2005, in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post, the five US newspapers with the greatest circulation. The analysis reveals the following:
– Over the five year and three month period, the five newspapers published 680 op-eds on Israel/Palestine. 214 were written by Israeli writers and 86 by Palestinian writers, an average of 2.5 Israeli writers for each Palestinian writer.
– The Wall Street Journal has the most lopsided five-year record, averaging 5.1 op-eds by Israelis for every one op-ed by a Palestinian writer.
– The New York Times has been the least balanced over the last three years with anaverage of 4.3 Israeli op-ed writers for every Palestinian.
– The Los Angeles Times published 2.3 Israeli writers for every Palestinian writer.
– The Washington Post (1.4/1) and USA Today (0.8/1) are near parity between Israeli and Palestinian writers.
– The relative balance at The Washington Post and USAToday indicates that a bias towards Israeli writers is not inevitable, but is a result of the choices made by the editors at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.(Go to part Two)
أنا على يقين أنكم إذا زرتم هذه المواقع ستجدون ما يسركم ويعجبكم من الكتب النافعة
والمحببة إلى نفوس القراء والقارئات العرب في المهاجر، وشكرا جزيلا للمساهمين في هذا المشروع النبيل