Time to hold state-run Arab media to account

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Media Outlet: CNN.com

In the days following the Paris attacks, some news outlets seemed intent on helping ISIS' propaganda efforts.

"Terrorism is an American product," blared one headline. Another recycled the tired, false-flag conspiracy theory that certain foreign intelligence agencies had carried out the attack in order to give Western countries carte blanche to invade the Arab world -- or whatever else they want to do -- in the name of fighting terrorism. It was reminiscent of the talk that was heard after 9/11.

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Nadia Oweidat was a Class of 2017 Middle East Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. is a Smith Richardson Fellow at New America. She holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. She is currently working on a book on social media and positive change among Arabic speakers.