PROGRAM DETAILS

What the New York Times Doesn't Tell You About the Middle East Media Bias: Does It Matter? What Can We Do About it?

Instructor
Mitchell Bard
Category
International Relations / Politics
WPL01172

Course Description

If you ask whether the New York Times or other media have a bias when reporting about the Middle East, supporters of both Israel and the Palestinians will tell you that they do. Journalists interpret this criticism as an indication they are getting the story right. But is that really true? Is the problem that journalists are biased or is it possible that they are sometimes manipulated by parties in the region that distort their coverage? If the media has a bias, the next question is: Does it matter? Besides making us feel uncomfortable, does a biased story change the way people feel about the Middle East conflict? Do these stories in any way influence policy decisions? Watchdog organizations monitor the media, but do they have any impact on coverage? This lecture will answer these questions as well as perhaps the most important one: Is there anything you can do about media bias?

About the Instructor

  • Mitchell Bard, PhD, is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American‑Israeli Cooperative Enterprise and an authority on U.S.‑Middle East policy. Bard is also the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world’s most popular and comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. Bard holds a PhD in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He received his BA in economics from UC Santa Barbara. Bard has been named one of the “top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” by the Algemeiner newspaper. He has appeared on local, national, and international media outlets and his work has been published in academic journals, magazines and major newspapers. He has written and edited 22 books, including Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict and The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East.