Framing in Egypt News Coverage #9
This quarter I am taking a “News of the World” class which has forced me to keep up on international news events. In fact, one of the main focuses in the class is how international news is being presented, covered, etc. I even gave a huge presentation in that class about the events in Egypt and how they are being covered. At the request of the citizens of Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has been asked to step down. These protests have elevated to even riots against Pro-Mubarak protestors and it is hard to say what the result will be.
The coverage by the United States has been extensive. So extensive, in fact, that even the devastating floods in Australia and other significant events presently going on in the world have been pushed to the back. Although news organizations such as CNN say that they wish to cover events objectively, it is obvious that all the news stories concerning Egypt have been framed in certain ways. One idea that the American journalists have made a point to present to the audience is the evil and oppressive nature of the Egyptian government. It gives the people of the United States who are not familiar with the government and its history and past blind reason to hate the Egyptian government. The story has also been framed in the sense of the overcoverage of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially Fox news. This is a group that has been oppressed by the government because of its supposed agenda and violent and extreme views. However, one thing that I noticed about all the news coverage was that nowhere did the news actually define what the Muslim Brotherhood was or what they stood for. It was simply that they were “bad” and not to be trusted. Therefore, the coverage of Egypt has been framed to antagonize the Egyptian government and certain groups in the region. While this may be just framing, it is framing nonetheless.