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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani President Musharraf After 9/11 12 Fujimori was framed as “tough on terrorists,” “strong-willed,” “hard-lined,” “confrontational,” and “intransigent” (pp. 145-167), while the reports of human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, showing the increase of human rights violations under his government were left out of the frame. Bailey calls these omissions “blindspots” that form “consistent patterns of omission within North American foreign news coverage in general” (p. 165). Research Questions According to the critical/cultural studies research, the U.S. media coverage of international news is largely determined by the country’s foreign policy stance. The U.S. media tend to portray positively those political leaders who yield to the interests of the United States government, even when they represent non-democratic regimes. The critical/cultural studies researchers assert that a couple of pointers in particular reveal the compatibility of the U.S. international press coverage with the foreign policy stance: the selective usage of sources and consistent patterns of omission. In addition to that, the Islamic countries, such as Pakistan, are portrayed through a negative West versus Islam frame that substituted the Cold War frame from the 1980s. Several authors from the cultural studies field argue that the Western press coverage often presents the whole Islamic population as opposed to the principles of modernity, militant and dangerous to Western interests. The literature review shaped the following three questions: 1. How was the role of Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf’s framed in the U.S newsmagazines after he became an American ally in September 2001?

Authors: Obad, Orlanda.
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Framing a Friendly Dictator: U.S. Newsmagazine Coverage of Pakistani
President Musharraf After 9/11
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Fujimori was framed as “tough on terrorists,” “strong-willed,” “hard-lined,”
“confrontational,” and “intransigent” (pp. 145-167), while the reports of human rights
organizations, such as Amnesty International, showing the increase of human rights
violations under his government were left out of the frame. Bailey calls these omissions
“blindspots” that form “consistent patterns of omission within North American foreign
news coverage in general” (p. 165).
Research Questions
According to the critical/cultural studies research, the U.S. media coverage of
international news is largely determined by the country’s foreign policy stance. The U.S.
media tend to portray positively those political leaders who yield to the interests of the
United States government, even when they represent non-democratic regimes. The
critical/cultural studies researchers assert that a couple of pointers in particular reveal the
compatibility of the U.S. international press coverage with the foreign policy stance: the
selective usage of sources and consistent patterns of omission.
In addition to that, the Islamic countries, such as Pakistan, are portrayed through a
negative West versus Islam frame that substituted the Cold War frame from the 1980s.
Several authors from the cultural studies field argue that the Western press coverage
often presents the whole Islamic population as opposed to the principles of modernity,
militant and dangerous to Western interests. The literature review shaped the following
three questions:
1. How was the role of Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf’s framed in the U.S
newsmagazines after he became an American ally in September 2001?


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