Abbas Speech at UN 2011 Coverage Palestine Statehood. American Media Bias.

President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech last September 23, 2011 to the General Assembly of the United Nations announcing solemnly the bidding of Palestine to become a full member state of the United Nations.

This announcement creates a major diplomatic crisis, as member states are asked to vote concerning this petition.

The approval of the Palestinian request requires a positive vote of at least 9 out of 15 members of the Security Council, and no veto of any permanent member (United States, China, Russia, France, United Kingdom). United States has already announced that if needed they will apply their veto power against this resolution.

As in all our posts, we do not enter into the content of each crisis, we do not provide specific insights of it, and we do not take or present our personal position about each issue. We just present how media coverage can give us additional information about the content and evolution of crisis.

In this post we propose the analyze how media transmitted the speech, by checking which phrases or statements have been exactly quoted in the news.

We present more specifically how media from the United States has quoted the speech in comparison with media from elsewhere publishing in English.

We have selected the fragments that have been most widely quoted. Number of citations of each fragment in different newspapers range from 150 to 800.

We provide a visual image of the bias or preferences of media, using colors to represent the extent of bias.

  • Text in black represents quotation that take a similar weight in both American and outside America newspapers.
  • Text in blue are phrases that are over represented in United States newspapers in comparison to outside. Dark blue represent stronger American bias.
  • Text in yellow to orange are phrases that are more present in newspapers from outside the United States than in United States. Orange represents stronger bias than yellow text.
We also provide an information about the fragments most widely quoted. They appear in bold in the text. You may click on the image to have a normal size view of the text.

We do not provide political or international relations analysis or interpretation of the results.