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Shami’s Study: Bin Salman Most Covered Political Figure in American Media

A study by Mohammed Shami, a scholar from King Khalid University, shows Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of KSA, as the most featured in U.S. media, with 60% coverage. Notably, the study, “American Press Coverage of Middle Eastern Issues” was part of Shami’s Master’s thesis at Texas Tech University.

Crown Prince’s Impact on Media

The research highlighted that the Crown Prince’s significant role in addressing Middle Eastern issues is reflected in his media coverage. This includes his leadership in convening a joint meeting of Arab and Islamic countries in Riyadh to discuss the situation in Gaza. Moreover, it includes the ambitious plans under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 which have attracted widespread interest.

Shami Analyzes Perceptions of Arab Journalists & Students

Shami’s study delves into the perceptions of Arab students and journalists residing in the U.S. regarding American media coverage of the Middle East. Additionally, it explores critical questions about portraying Middle Eastern issues in American journalism. It also tackles concerns about outdated stereotypes and how politics affect identities and belonging.

Shami’s Strategy in His Study

Shami used framing theory to examine how media shapes narratives and public perception. This includes story focus, stereotypes, and language use.  Additionally, the study applies agenda-setting theory to analyze how the American press prioritizes political figures and events in the Middle East.

Objectives & Methods of the Research

Moreover, the research aims to:

  • Assess the level of attention the American press gives to Middle Eastern issues
  • Measure the accuracy of its coverage
  • Understand the impact on the experiences of Arab journalists and students in the United States
  • Identify the most covered political figures in the Middle East, using a mixed-methods approach.

The results further acknowledge of the intricate relationship between media representations and the viewpoints of people who hold multiple cultural views.


Findings on Bias & Impact on Arab Journalists & Students

Shami’s study found increased bias in U.S. media’s portrayal of Middle Eastern issues, as reported by Arab journalists and students. Consequently, this bias impacted their sense of integration and social interaction in the U.S. It also affected their career opportunities and increased anxiety and stress.

Moreover, the participants highlighted the biased coverage of Gaza’s war by the American press. They said that the factor of Islamophobia affects the way it tackles news of Gaza. The study identified key biased topics in U.S. media: terrorism, Islam’s misrepresentation, women’s rights, conflict simplification, and stereotypes.

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