January 6, 2003
U.S.-Middle East media coverage plays role in conflict
A Purdue University expert says there is cause for concern about the U.S. media coverage in the Middle East.
Yahya Kamalipour, professor and head of the Department of Communication and Creative Arts at Purdue University's Calumet, Ind., campus, is one of a handful of researchers who studies mass media in the Middle East.
"One of the problems with the U.S. media coverage regarding the Middle East is the media's tendency to follow the Bush administration's agenda," said Kamalipour, an expert in mass and international communication. "Therefore, the media is often one-sided. Also, in mainstream media you see the media often consult experts who are members of the administration or retired politicians. This represents a limited diversity of opinion and expertise.
"In our democratic country, it's fundamental for the public to be informed so they are able to participate in the democratic process and make good decisions based on reliable information."
Kamalipour is the author of half a dozen books including "Global Communication" and "The U.S. Media and the Middle East: Image and Perception." His next book "Globalization, Media Hegemony and Social Class" will be published next year. He also is editor of Global Media Journal.
Kamalipour can talk about the role of international and domestic media in the Middle East, such as the Al-Jazeera Television Network. He also can discuss the changing image of the United States around the world.
CONTACT: Kamalipour, firstname.lastname@example.org, (219)989-2880.