Christopher Bail: US Media Coverage Aided Anti-Muslim Fringe Groups Post 9/11

Anti-Muslim fringe organizations became more mainstream and got funding after Sept. 11, 2001, in part because of U.S. news coverage, according to a study that appears in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. These groups dominated the mass media via displays of fear and anger.

Christopher Bail is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar at the University of Michigan. He studies how non-profit organizations and other political actors create cultural change by analyzing large groups of texts from newspapers, television, public opinion surveys, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.