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Covering Bin Laden: Global Media and the World's Most Wanted Man

Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait


Starting in 2001, much of the world media used the image of Osama bin Laden as a shorthand for terrorism. Bin Laden himself considered media manipulation on a par with military, political, and ideological tools, and intentionally used interviews, taped speeches, and distributed statements to further al Qaeda's ends. This book collates perspectives from global scholars by exploring a startling premise: that media depictions of bin Laden not only diverge but often contradict each other, depending on the media provider and format, the place where the depiction is presented, and the viewer's polit ... More

Keywords: Osama bin Laden, terrorism, media manipulation, terrorists, al Qaeda, media depictions, Al Jazeera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038860
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Jeffords, editor
University of Washington Bothell

Fahed Al-Sumait, editor
Gulf University for Science and Technology

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Part I Defining Political Actors

3 The bin Laden Tapes

Andrew Hill

Part II Comparing Global News Media

4 Words and War

Courtney C. Radsch

5 Metaphorizing Terrorism

Alexander Spencer

7 Images of Our Dead Enemies

Susan Moeller, Joanna Nurmis, and Saranaz Barforoush

Part III Engaging Popular Cultures

8 Without Osama

Purnima Bose

Epilogue After Bin Laden

Susan Jeffords and Fahed Al-Sumait