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Al Jazeera in American Media Open Access

This study examines the portrayal of Al Jazeera in America media over the course of the decade since 9/11. By conducting an in-depth content analysis of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN Newsroom, NBC Nightly News, and Fox Special Report the study identifies the factors and indicators that shaped the framing of Al Jazeera. The author hypothesizes Al Jazeera was predominantly featured in stories involving war, terrorism, and conflict and that the positive or negative portrayal of Al Jazeera's coverage correlates to their perceived agreement with American policy positions. The study looks specifically at the War in Afghanistan, the War in Iraq, Terrorism, Al Qaeda and bin Laden, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and the Arab Spring. The study concludes that framing of Al Jazeera was largely negative, event-driven, and unchanging over time.

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