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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11

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After Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf became an American ally following the September 11 attacks, the U.S. mainstream magazines framed this dictator as a modern and pro-Western leader. This framing analysis examined the coverage of Musharraf in three newsmagazines - Newsweek, Time and U.S. News & World Report - between September 11, 2001, and February 28, 2002.
The newsmagazines emphasized Musharraf's biographical and personal characteristics that made him different from his nation of "fundamentalists" and closer to the West. Positive sides of Musharraf's dictatorship were emphasized, especially those that yielded to the American interests in the region. The negative effects of Musharraf's rule, especially in the domain of human rights, were either justified or completely omitted from the frame. Findings suggest that the Cold War frame that the U.S. media used in the international coverage in the 1980s recently merged with a "West versus Islam" frame.

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Obad, Orlanda. "Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111920_index.html>

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Obad, O. , 2003-05-27 "Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111920_index.html

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Abstract: After Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf became an American ally following the September 11 attacks, the U.S. mainstream magazines framed this dictator as a modern and pro-Western leader. This framing analysis examined the coverage of Musharraf in three newsmagazines - Newsweek, Time and U.S. News & World Report - between September 11, 2001, and February 28, 2002.
The newsmagazines emphasized Musharraf's biographical and personal characteristics that made him different from his nation of "fundamentalists" and closer to the West. Positive sides of Musharraf's dictatorship were emphasized, especially those that yielded to the American interests in the region. The negative effects of Musharraf's rule, especially in the domain of human rights, were either justified or completely omitted from the frame. Findings suggest that the Cold War frame that the U.S. media used in the international coverage in the 1980s recently merged with a "West versus Islam" frame.

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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11 Shortly after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11 the rhetoric of the United States government made clear that the world was about to experience the first major political division since the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. The new political discourse mainly built upon binary oppositions was primarily defined through the speeches of President George W. Bush.
with the apartheid regime and the military. Similar is the example of the former dictator of the Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos who has been portrayed in the press “as America’s staunch ally and defender of democracy.” Shortly after Marcos fell out of favor of the US foreign policy the US media started publishing discrediting stories about his past pointing out his economic monopoly and he was finally framed as a tyrant. 7 According to the International Federation of the


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