Media portrayals of Muslims: a comparative sentiment analysis of American newspapers, 1996–2015

  title={Media portrayals of Muslims: a comparative sentiment analysis of American newspapers, 1996–2015},
  author={Erik Bleich and A. Maurits van der Veen},
  journal={Politics, Groups, and Identities},
  pages={20 - 39}
ABSTRACT Are Muslims portrayed more negatively than other religious groups? If so, what factors are associated with this negativity? We apply computer-assisted, lexicon-based coding to over 850,000 articles that mention Muslims, Hindus, Jews, or Catholics in 17 national and regional US newspapers over the 20-year period of 1996–2015 and compare them to a representative baseline of articles. We show that the average tone of articles about Muslims is considerably more negative than both this… 

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