SOURCE: DAILY SABAH WITH WIRES, ISTANBUL
News coverage about Muslims in the U.S. media is far more negative when compared to other minorities’ representation, a recent study has revealed.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from the Media Portrayals of Minorities Project Lab at Middlebury College, looked into news covering minorities, namely African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Jews and Muslims from four national newspapers in the country for the entire year of 2018.
A total of 26,626 articles published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today were selected for the study.
Articles were then scored by the researchers according to the positive and negative tones they carried, and any score above 0.5 meant the news was positive while those below -.05 were determined to be negative.
The results showed that the coverage of Muslims was rated an average of -.092, compared to -0.13 for Latinos and +0.17 for Asian Americans.
Eric Bleich, who lead the research said: “Even if you take all of those articles out of your equation, stories about Muslims are still more negative than stories about any other group,” but noted that the average tone of Muslim articles has become less negative over the past five years. Bleich attributed this to less frequent coverage of the Syrian refugee crisis and the Daesh terrorist group.