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Vol. 8 No. i (2020): Spring 2020

Consequences of American News Coverage Through the Events of the 2006 Lebanon War

November 27, 2023


The 2006 Lebanon War, a 34-day long conflict between Lebanon and Israel, was extensively covered by the international press. However, two different narratives predominated the coverage. This paper juxtaposes the different narratives by American and Arabic media outlets, and argues that American media, although considered the freest in the world, actually censors itself through a process known as “the tyranny of the majority.” The implications of this self-censorship demonstrate larger problematic societal perceptions when it comes to understanding the Middle East.