There exists today a tragic rift between Americans and the world's Muslims. Yet in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, there was widespread sympathy for the US throughout the Muslim world.
This book explores what happened. It examines the disconnect that leads Americans and Muslims to view the same words and images in fundamentally different ways. Partly a result of a centuries-old 'us' against 'them' dichotomy, the problem is exacerbated by an increasingly polarised media and by leaders on both sides who either don't understand or don't care what impact their words and policies have in the world at large.
Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens argues that the Arab media revolution and the rise of 'patriot-journalists' in the US marginalised voices of moderation, distorting perceptions on both sides of the divide with potentially disastrous results.
Lawrence Pintak is a veteran foreign correspondent who has reported from more than 40 countries. As CBS News Middle East correspondent in the 1980s, he covered the birth of modern Islamic terrorism in Beirut. He is the author Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam and the War of Ideas (Pluto, 2006) and Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (Pluto, 2003).
Preface Introduction: Worldview, Identity and the Other Section I: Foundations of the Relationship 1. In the Eye of the Beholder 2. U.S. Coverage of Islam 3. The Arab and Muslim Media Section II: The Framing of an Era 4. Rhetoric, Religion and Righteousness 5. The Myth of Terror and the Terror of Myth 6. Enemies, Allies and other Artificial Constructs Section III: Perceptions of Policy 7. Weaponizing the Media 8. Prism of Pain: Palestine 9. Rewriting the Script: Iraq Section IV: Hearts & Minds 10. Beyond the Middle East 11. Brand America 12. Symbols of Empire Epilogue Acknowledgements Notes and References Index