US Media Bias: Differentiating 'Good' and 'Bad' Terrorists

Research led by Non-Resident Indian Abhijit Mazumdar reveals how the US media differentiates between 'good' and 'bad' terrorists based on the country's foreign policy. The study found that the US press downplays Taliban atrocities while regularly reporting on ISIS, aligning with US governmental strategies.


PTI | Washington DC | Updated: 02-06-2024 15:16 IST | Created: 02-06-2024 15:16 IST
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A recent study led by Non-Resident Indian Abhijit Mazumdar has exposed a significant bias within the US media. According to the research published in the International Communication Research Journal, American news outlets differentiate between 'good' and 'bad' terrorists based on the nation's foreign policy.

The study titled "US Foreign Policy and Indexing Theory: A Study of US Press Coverage of the Taliban and ISIS" analyzed hundreds of articles from the New York Times and Washington Post from 2014 to 2019. It found that US media often downplayed the Taliban's atrocities while consistently highlighting those committed by ISIS.

Mazumdar, an assistant professor of journalism at Park University, emphasized that the US press seldom links the Taliban with Islam, unlike their portrayal of ISIS. This selective coverage, he argues, supports US government efforts to negotiate with the Taliban while fighting ISIS. The findings raise critical questions about press freedom and journalistic integrity in America.

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