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By Gabrielle Mogannam, Hayat Nadar, Chris Yalonis, Katy Milton, AbdulHamid Alzaidi, Sami Alramyan and Dr. Bader Almhelbi (Editors)

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Mr. Khoury illustrates the perceived double standards. “You cannot say that you have invaded Iraq and now so many people have died – on a daily basis there are 100’s of Iraqis who get killed – and you are doing this in order to give the Iraqis democracy – so basically American foreign policy is the cause for adverse perception. Arabs are very skeptical about the concept of democracy according to Professor Ayish. “People here are very skeptical about the concept of democracy, not because they don’t like it but because the way it is being presented is hypocritical.

Clearly the influence of Western media in recent years has been minimal in improving Arab perception. Arab media have been perceived to balance the Western media content especially when it comes “What I am saying, even the concept of to coverage on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict free speech, you can practice it, when it and the war in Iraq. comes to criticizing Professor Ayish states Muslims and Arabs that “there is a large in Western media, amount of trust in the but when it comes to new formats like AlJazeera.

Page 39 39 Page The Role of the Media The USC Center on Public Diplomacy- the Middle East Media Project surveyed content of Arab media only to find two of the most popular shows on Arab television are Arabic versions of “American Idol” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. 11 Moreover, many of entertainment driven TV channels broadcast a variety of miniseries and talk shows based on American primetime TV shows. Some television stations broadcast American versions of talk shows and soap operas in English with Arabic subtitles.

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