Of the four major ethnic and religious groups studied, Hispanics were covered slightly more (2.9%) than Asians (2.4%) and Africans/African-Americans (2.2%). Muslims received the most coverage (3.7%).
For both Muslims and Asians, nine out of ten stories involved events abroad. By contrast, Hispanics were much more of an American story—58% of the coverage with significant references to Hispanics involved domestic news. Likewise, about two-thirds (65%), of the coverage of Africans and/or African-Americans involved domestic news.
1. The Asian/Asian-American group was understood as encompassing people or groups from most eastern and south Asian countries, as well as anyone noted as Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Hawaiian.
2. The African/African-American group included people or groups from any African country except Egypt, as well as those noted as African, African-American, or Black.
3. The Muslim group included anyone noted as Muslim, Islamist, as well as belonging to Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other groups with strong Muslim identities.