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Shattering Stereotypes: Media Images of Arabs

Program #SHAJ001. Recorded in Boulder, CO on January 26, 1993.

Popular depictions of Arabs range from a menacing Saddam Hussein to camel caravans and oil-rich sheikhs to the movie Aladdin. The World Trade Center bombing fills the news. Arab terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, we are informed, threaten Western civilization. There is a decisive connection between media representations and public attitudes. Repetitive distortions defame an entire group. History is replete with examples of the dangers of prejudice.


Jack Shaheen

Jack Shaheen is the author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. He's Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University and a former CBS News consultant on the Middle East. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on media images of Arabs.

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