Is it medias fault that there is an increase in people fearing and hating Muslims. I think they are at least partially responsible in the fact that almost every terrorist attack made by extremist are report as Muslims perpetrating the attack there is usually no mention that these are extremist groups with little to no connection to the main stream Muslim religion.
Throughout the last decade there has been some horrible attacks made by christian extremist groups: Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church shooting, July 27, 2008; The murder of Dr. George Tiller, May 31, 2009; Suicide attack on IRS building in Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 2010; Wisconsin Sikh Temple massacre, Aug. 5, 2012. In all three of these cases most media outlets described these people or groups as extremist, but in most attacks made by Muslim extremist there is little to no mention as to the fact that they are extremist. I have even seen articles explaining how these groups are link to more main stream Muslim groups with little explanation on what makes these groups so different.