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Covering Islam Paper

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Christian Conservatives Covering Islam Jesse Glenn November 14, 2007 English 030 In Covering Islam , critic Edward Said demonstrates, through numerous examples, how
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the media negatively portrays the Islamic religion and Arabic people. Said's argument is that the media endorses the "public's subliminal cultural consciousness," (6) which contains a "longstanding attitude to Islam, the Arabs, and the Orient" (6). This attitude is based upon the media's "frequent caricatures of Muslims as oil suppliers, as terrorists, and more recently, as bloodthirsty mobs" (6). In the post-9/11 world, the portrayal of Islam is more frequent. No longer is Islam viewed simply as a threat to U.S. interests, but ever since the direct attack on the U.S. on September 11th by Muslim terrorists, Islam has been portrayed as a threat to U.S. society and Christianity. This analysis will look at the interview of Albert Mohler, Phd. on the March 17th, 2006 airing of The O'Reilly Factor to illustrate how this particular newscast both supports and contradicts Said's argument. The O'Reilly Factor is a news program aired on the FOX News Channel with host Bill O'Reilly. The show covers a variety of topics usually involving O'Reilly talking with guests or other correspondents. O'Reilly claims to be a "traditionalist" which he says means that he believes in the founding principles of the United States. O'Reilly was voted 82nd on The Daily Telegraph 's 100 most influential conservatives in America ("Bill O'Reilly (commentator)"). On this broadcast, Albert Mohler, Phd., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is interviewed in response to comments made by the preacher Franklin Graham and The 700 Club 's Reverend Pat Robertson. O'Reilly starts the discussion by stating his affirmative stance on gaining the support of moderate Muslims. Then, the comment by Robertson on The 700 Club is shown, followed by the comments by Graham on Nightline , which is in turn followed by the interview with Mohler. Mohler acknowledges that he supports both mens views and expresses his own thoughts on Christianity. After some debate, O'Reilly points out that the messages Robertson and Graham convey get viewed by the Arab world which allows for the Arab media to
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