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Portrayal of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in U.S. Newspapers
Unformatted Document Text:  not include events. The results show that 97% of the coverage of the three U.S. newspapers focused on issues rather than events. RQ2 asks about the sources in U.S. newspaper coverage of the Iraqi Kurds. The three newspapers used these sources: journalist’s own writing, local independent, international independent, citizens, U.S. officials, Kurdish opposition, Kurdish officials, and Iraqi officials. Table 5 shows the sources of the three newspapers in percentages. 31.6% of the sources used in the three newspapers is Kurdish officials, 12.8% is Iraqi officials and 15% is citizens. Tables 6, 7, and 8 show percentage of sources used in each newspaper. RQ3 asks whether the U.S. newspapers’ coverage in 2009 of Iraqi Kurdistan region is positive, negative, or neutral overall? The results show that the 72.8 percent of the coverage of the three newspapers was neutral and 7.2 percent of the coverage was positive and 20 percent was negative. Table 9 shows the frequencies and the percentage. Tables 10, 11, and 12 show the frequencies of the favorability of the coverage of each newspaper. Results show that 71.3 percent of the New York Times’ coverage is neutral, 6 percent is positive and 22.8 percent is negative. 67.4 percent of the Washington Times’ coverage is neutral, 7.7 of the coverage is positive and 24.9 is negative. The coverage of the Washington Times: 90.6 percent of the coverage is neutral, 8.2 is positive and 1.2 is negative. Examples: The New York TimesPositive paragraph (July 25)

Authors: Ghafour, Goran.
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not include events. The results show that 97% of the coverage of the three U.S. 
newspapers focused on issues rather than events. 
RQ2 asks about the sources in U.S. newspaper coverage of the Iraqi Kurds. The 
three newspapers used these sources: journalist’s own writing, local independent, 
international independent, citizens, U.S. officials, Kurdish opposition, Kurdish officials, 
and Iraqi officials. Table 5 shows the sources of the three newspapers in percentages. 
31.6% of the sources used in the three newspapers is Kurdish officials, 12.8% is Iraqi 
officials and 15% is citizens. Tables 6, 7, and 8 show percentage of sources used in 
each newspaper. 
RQ3 asks whether the U.S. newspapers’ coverage in 2009 of Iraqi Kurdistan 
region is positive, negative, or neutral overall?  The results show that the 72.8 
percent of the coverage of the three newspapers was neutral and 7.2 percent of the 
coverage was positive and 20 percent was negative. Table 9 shows the frequencies 
and the percentage.  
Tables 10, 11, and 12 show the frequencies of the favorability of the coverage 
of each newspaper. Results show that 71.3 percent of the New York Times’ coverage 
is neutral, 6 percent is positive and 22.8 percent is negative. 67.4 percent of the 
Washington Times’ coverage is neutral, 7.7 of the coverage is positive and 24.9 is 
negative. The coverage of the Washington Times: 90.6 percent of the coverage is 
neutral, 8.2 is positive and 1.2 is negative. 
Examples:
The New York Times
Positive paragraph (July 25)


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