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How Islam Plays the Press

Joseph Farah
Policy Paper No. 129

(In the book Muhammad's Monsters, David Bukay, (ed.),
AR: Balfour Books and Israel: ACPR Publishers, 2004, 300 pages.)


The world often views Islam as a seventh century anachronism. But the truth is the Islamic world is playing and winning a sophisticated game of media manipulation in which powerful and wealthy police states and anti-democratic political movements are more often portrayed and perceived at least in the context of the Arab-Jewish conflict as victims rather than threatening oppressors. This paper will contrast what Islamic leaders say about their intentions for the state of Israel in English while western television cameras are rolling and what they say to their own constituents in Arabic.

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