This study identifies and examines the framing patterns in the U.S. right-wing media coverage of the President Donald Trump administration’s ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The study is directed by one research question: How did the right-wing media frame the ban on Muslim immigrants? A total of 53 articles (news stories, features, and opinion pieces) from two right-wing U.S. media outlets, Daily Caller and Breitbart News, were identified and included in the analysis. Framing theory served as a framework for the analysis of the data. Findings of this study show that the right-wing media used negative frames for Muslim immigrants. The media organizations framed Muslims immigrants as a threat to the United States’ national security, a threat to the social well-being of the communities, and fundamentalists who do not want to integrate into the local culture. These media outlets also incorrectly framed European countries as anti-immigrant and portrayed Muslim immigrants as a source of turmoil in Europe.
Jan, F. & Shah, S.F. (2020) “Invaders”: U.S. Right Wing Media’s Framing of Muslim Immigrants. FWU Journal of Social Sciences, Vol.14 (2), 36-46.