Panic and Hate

In the wake of the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya it is clear that Islamaphobia is not just an artifact of extremists and bigots.  Check out this recent Newsweek cover; a magazine that conservatives will tell you is a prime example of the so-called “liberal media.”

Despite the narrative suggested by provocative images like this, a new book by Doug Saunders (The Myth of the Muslim Tide) argues that Western fears of Islam are unfounded.  In an NPR interview today, Saunders noted the results of studies that show that Muslims are less likely to report being angry and much less likely to support attacks on civilians “if the cause is just” than non-Muslims (8% to 24%).  Think Fox News will report this data?