The stereotyping of the Islamic terrorism in the western media has been a pretentious blight that subjugates its credibility. The media tries to associate terrorism with Islam. This notion has been inbred within the target audience of the media houses in United States and other western countries. Therefore, covering the Islamic terrorism more than the terrorism carried out by other communities, sells more.
According to an academic study, Terror attacks carried out by Muslims receive more than five times as much media coverage as those carried out by non-Muslims in the United States. There has been 449 per cent increase in media attention in the cases of terror attacks when the perpetrator was Muslim.
The survey results show that 12.4 per cent of attacks were carried out by the Muslims in United States during the period, although the new coverage has been 41.4 percent. This kind of misappropriate media coverage produces negative feelings and fearfulness towards Muslims.
The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 that have been carried out by Muslim attackers received 20 percent of all terror attacks that have taken place in United States during the five year period. In contrast, there have been a number of terror attacks which have taken place in United States with relatively meager media coverage. For example, massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that took place in 2012 was carried out by a white man, Wade Michael Page, constituted just 3.8 per cent of coverage. Then, a mass shooting by Dylann Roof, who was also white, at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killed nine people but received only 7.4 per cent of media coverage. Further, an attack on a synagogue by a white man, Frazier Glenn Miller accounted for just 3.3 per cent of reports.
Thus President Trump’s accusation that American media does not cover Islamic terrorism well is unfounded, with the opposite being the truth. It would be naïve in accusing the journalist of targeting Muslims because of their own prejudices. Rather, in all probability, the trend is maintained by most media houses that has been the characteristics of this industry not only in United States, but all over the world. However, by doing it, they create unsubstantiated fear, mistrust and hatred of the American and western population towards the Muslims with long term evil consequences such as racisms and xenophobia.