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Equal coverage ?

May 25, 2018

In 2010, Justin Carl Moose, a self-described “Christian counterpart to Osama bin-Laden,” planned to blow up an abortion clinic. He was in possession of means to make explosives, including potassium permanganate, fuse wires, and metal shavings. 

Combined, the New York Times and Washington Post ran just two articles on Rogers.

Antonio Martinez was alleged to have acted in the name of Islam when he planned to bomb a military recruitment station outside Baltimore and shoot personnel as they fled the scene.

Together, the New York Times and Washington Post published ten articles about Martinez.

Cases of attempted violence by Muslims received 7 1/2 times more coverage from major media outlets, according to a new study based on years of research from the Washington-based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, or (ISPU)  These disparities also extend to sentencing.  Click on the graph above to read the report.

Why does this matter?  Because, according to the ISPU, increasing standardization and reducing biases will improve the justice system and therefore the wellbeing and civil rights of all Americans. 

What do you think about the way in which cases of violence/terrorism are covered by the media?

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