Islamophobia in Reactionary News: Radicalizing Christianity in the United States

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The accuracy and relevance of United States print news media has been called into question at increasing rates in the post-truth era. Conservatives, in particular, have long expressed concerns that mass and digital media censor conservative as well as Christian viewpoints while promoting a progressive and, more recently, pro-Muslim, platform. They have increasingly turned to alternative-right and alternative right-wing sources for news and discussion within what they deem to be unfiltered and unbiased networks. This article employs a mixed method approach of content and discourse analysis of sources from 1 January to 15 May of 2019 pertaining to discourse concerning the relationship between Christianity and Islam within and in response to articles in three such sources: Breitbart, The Federalist, and FrontPage Magazine. The role of these three websites is considered in the radicalization of those who aim to defend a monolithic form of Christianity rather than a particular Christian denomination or belief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-49
Number of pages49
JournalOpen Library of Humanities
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author would like to thank the guest editor, Simon Dawes, the Editorial Officer, Helen Saunders, and the religion and media scholars affiliated with the annual International Communication Association (ICA) conference, for their ongoing collaborative exchange of ideas and feedback.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Author(s). All Rights Reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (all)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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