Bennett Criticizes Media’s Ignorance of Islam
Managing Editor of the Washington Post Philip Bennett gave an hour-long lecture entitled ‘Covering Islam: A Challenge for American Journalism’ on Monday, March 3. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy as a part of the 2007-08 Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellows Series.
‘[The] United States news media has failed to produce sustained coverage of Islam to challenge the easy assumptions, gross generalizations or untested rhetoric that shape perceptions of Muslims,’ Bennett said.
He then shared with the audience a question that the Washington Post is currently struggling with in regard to whether the publication should adopt using the word ‘Islamist.’