Media Depiction of the Attach on America on September 11, 2001

Mia Smith, Kansas State University

Media has always had a great impact on how we see the world around us. It shapes our ideas about every day life as well as dramatic events. The September 11th attack on America is no exception. This terrorist attack has dominated the media over the past six months. This research examines how the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 has been depicted in newspaper media. A content analysis of three different newspapers, the New York Times, the Topeka Capital Journal and the international Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet will allow me to examine how distance from the event impacts the media coverage. Further, a comparison of how the different newspapers portray the terrorists, their religion and religious groups will be made. This study will examine the different ways the incident on September 11, 2001 is depicted in newspaper media and how location, culture and political views can lead to bias within media's portrayals of such violence.

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