Lawrence Pintak is the founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, and a former CBS News Middle East correspondent. He focuses on the way that American and Muslim cultures interact through media.
He says agitprop is playing a larger and larger role in the American-Muslim relations, both by extremists, and, more surprisingly, by journalists. In a time when media can be shared instantaneously between the two worlds, Pintak says journalists can either foster understanding, or fan the flames like the Newsweek “Muslim Rage” cover.
Lawrence Pintak will be speaking at the World Affairs Council in Portland on Wendesday, October 3rd at noon. More info is available here.
How has digital media shaped your understanding of the Muslim world? How have you seen coverage of the Middle East change over recent decades?
- Lawrence Pintak: Founding dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and author of The New Arab Journalist