The Bombing Of The World Trade Center

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During the Cold War and the War on Terror, the United States of America used the media to depict Soviet and Middle Eastern people as foreign enemies that posed a threat to U.S. national security. The bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 changed the lives of millions of Muslims forever because they began to be targeted by U.S. media corporations. Media corporations started to depict Muslims in the Middle East as terrorists to persuade the American public to wage the War on Terror in the Middle East in order to stop the spread of terrorism and homeland threats, like 9/11, from occurring again. However, even though media corporations portrayed the War on Terror as a justification to defeat terrorism and to protect the…show more content…
needs to fight the War on Terror in order to stop national security threats like 9/11 from happening again. Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber, who are the authors of Weapons of Mass Deception, argue that the Bush administration gained approval from the American people to wage the War on Terror in the Middle East because they made U.S. citizens fear that all Muslims are terrorists and if action was not taken then more homeland terrorist attacks like 9/11 would occur. Supporters of the Bush administration like Anna Coulter, wrote in columns of the New York Times saying that all Muslims should be feared because the Qur’an teaches them violence and advocated for invading Afghanistan, killing Islamic leaders, and converting the Islamic people to Christianity. News columnists, like Anna Coulter, have generalized that Islam is a violent religion rather than attacking radical Islamic groups because it is radical Islamic groups that are the sources of terror rather than the whole Muslim community. One way the media depicted Muslims after 9/11 as terrorists is by humanizing them to justify that they perform terrorist attacks because of their ethnic background or religious belief. Humanizing Muslims after 9/11 led to American media outlets stereotyping the Islamic religion as evil by depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist and Muslim imams or mullahs hijacking airplanes and performing suicide
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