Fringe Discourses Going Mainstream, Research Finds

Organizations using fear and anger to spread negative messages about Muslims have moved from the fringes of public discourse into the mainstream media since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to new research by Christopher Bail, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sociologist. The work appears in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. Using plagiarism detection software, Bail tracked the influence of 1,084 news releases about Muslims from 120 organizations on more than 50,000 television news program transcripts and newspaper articles aired or published from 2001 to 2008. To read more about Christopher Bail’s research, click here