I need help creating a thesis and an outline on The 23rd March Jerusalem Bombing in Media Coverage Comparison between Western and Islamic Media. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Western media houses like BBC and CNN claim to take a neutral approach while covering international conflicts like the tension between India and Pakistan or the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is the topic of discussion under this study. BBC, under their ‘Mission and Values” statement asserts: “Trust is the foundation of the BBC: we are independent, impartial and honest.” (BBC, 2011) This study, incidentally, will also have BBC examined its contention of impartial reporting from the western world while analyzing news coverage of March 23 Jerusalem bombing. Also, news reports from WorldNetDaily (US), another western media house with wide readership will be examined. Dawn (Pakistan), Arabnews (Saudi Arabia), and Palestine Post (run by a group of Palestinians) will represent media from the Islamic world during this discussion. One can expect Palestine Post to be least neutral while covering the incident because of its direct interest in the outcome of the conflict. As a result, in terms of neutral reporting, Palestine Post can be left out of scope or kept at the bottom of the pyramid.
Despite being committed to peace and impartiality, there can still be differences in the approach of news by media houses because of a number of factors. Historical ties (in terms of the same culture, religion, etc.) or interests (economical, political, etc.) with one party can develop biases, which often require the art of reading in between the lines while analyzing their contents. It is, then, only natural that media in western countries and the Islamic world differ significantly while reporting international events such as September 11, 2001 attacks on the US, or as one can note under this discussion, the 23rd March Jerusalem bombing. Such preferences are often the result of looking at things from a local perspective. For instance, while expressing anguish over the casualties on September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US, international media also blamed the US for not taking into consideration the interests of the Muslim world (‘September 11, 2001’, 2011). Such anguish may be more evident among news reports from Muslim-dominated countries like Pakistan, which is still a democratic country with a liberal press.