Misrepresentations of Muslims in the Media: The Role of Fox and Friends in the Construction of Fear

Dina Aryani Sanjoto Pedersen, Kübra Bahadir, Maiken Kuld Nielsen & Wiktoria Jablonska

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


Despite what statistics show on domestic terrorism in the United States of America, news outlets still have a tendency to misrepresent Muslims and the religion of Islam. The 2017 New York City truck attack was promptly announced an act of terrorism by the news media, while the cause of the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting was attributed to the mental health of the perpetrator. However, the common denominator for both cases is that they, by some definitions, conform to the characteristics of terrorist acts.

This project is comprised of a critical discourse analysis of the Fox and Friends news/talk programme’s coverage of the aforementioned cases of terrorism, where the key differentiator is the religious and ethnic background of the perpetrators. This project aims to examine the discursive practices that revolve around the cases, and how the discourse changes accordingly. In extension to this, the study looks to determine, through the use of the theory of moral panic, if the changes in the coverage play a role in the negative perception of Muslims. More specifically, this project looks at how the conservative news media, Fox News, changes their discourse according to the case in question, and how this might aid in the construction of moral panic. On the basis of these measures, the project concludes that Fox News changes its discourse depending on the ethnicity and/or religious background of a perpetrator, resulting in the misrepresentation of Muslims. Consequently, the programme contributes to the construction of moral panic, whereas the moral panic is understood as Islamophobia.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
Antal sider61
VejledereKimberly Renée Chopin