MANHATTAN ATTACK: ARE NEWS MEDIA BIASED?

Jaka Satria Warman

Abstract


The study on different attitudes of news media in news report is worth attention because the perception and conception of society toward social event reported in news media depend on the way the news outlets present it. As reliable information providers, news media are obliged to report any events objectively. However, there has been a claim saying they do not fully execute the responsibility as they seem to report some events differently one another particularly in the event related to religion which is often linked to “the act of terrorism”. Four news reports from two American news media (NBC and New York Daily News) and two others from non-American news media (BBC and Al Jazeera) were analyzed using critical discourse analysis to seek whether they truly do such claim. The theory of Association Category by Van Leeuwen (2008) was also used to analyze the data. Based on the result, it was found that the two kinds of media reported the event, Manhattan Attack, the deadliest terrorist attack in New York City since the September 11 attacks of 2001, taking place on October 31, 2017 in a different way especially in representing the perpetrator. Thus, they were biased and not neutral in the coverage of the event. 


Keywords


News Media, ISIS Terrorism, bias, Manhattan Attack

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