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Western Media Bias: Conflicts in the Western World

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In our evolving world, we have noticed a change in what kind of material is now being reported in the media and recently, how that material is distributed. Although political bias is supposed to be close to nonexistent in what is being distributed by the media and by the government, the Western opinion of the Arab world and particularly the Arab Spring differs dramatically depending on the relationship it has with the country. For example, Dabashi demonstrates how President Obama often makes the comparison between Israeli children and his own children; but never with Palestinian children when talking about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. (Dabashi, 2012) It is the evolution of media and particularly how we receive our information that is allowing us to recognize the stark difference between how the West presents a situation and what is actually occurring. The creation of the 24-hour news cycle and the need to always be fresh has caused the shift in importance from what is being told, to how much is being sold. It is this Western Bias and the “old” media’s way of distributing the news that has triggered us to question what is being expressed in the media and our own knowledge of world events, opening the door for a new media to step in. In the western world, the Arab spring has become more then a group of people fighting to end oppressive regimes, it has become a political game between the super powers of the world. When chemical weapons were used in the Syrian uprising, President Obama and the United States were one of the first to support military intervention against the regime stating, “When you start seeing chemical weapons used on a large scale... that starts getting to some core national interests that the Unit... ... middle of paper ... ...ved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/opinion/ghitis-syria-intervention/ [Accessed: 06 Mar 2014]. Halton, D. (2001). International news in the north american media. International Journal, pp. 499--515. Hurd, I. (2013). Bomb syria, even if it is illegal. [online] August 27. Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/opinion/bomb-syria-even-if-it-is-illegal.html?_r=0 [Accessed: 12 Mar 2014]. Levs, J. (2013). Syria 'red line' debate: are chemical weapons in syria worse than conventional attacks?. [online] August 30. Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/world/meast/syria-chemical-weapons-red-line/ [Accessed: 10 Mar 2014]. Pleitgen, F., Levs, J. & Carter, C. (2013). Obama: u.s. concludes syria carried out chemical weapons attacks. [online] August 28. Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/world/meast/syria-civil-war/ [Accessed: 7 Mar 2014].
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