Sunday, May 25, 2008

Iraq War? Oh yeah...

Today's NY Times, on the trickle of news from Iraq:

According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s News Coverage Index, coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has slipped to 3 percent of all American print and broadcast news as of last week, falling from 25 percent as recently as last September.

Television network news coverage in particular has gone off a cliff.

Citing numbers provided by a consultant, Andrew Tyndall, the Associated Press reported that in the months after September when Gen. David H. Petraeus testified before Congress about the surge, collective coverage dropped to four minutes a week from 30 minutes a week at the height of coverage, in September 2007.

It was also pointed out that when Katie Couric, CBS’s embattled anchor, went to Iraq to report the story, she and her network were rewarded with their lowest ratings in over 20 years.
If there was a war, and nobody reported it, would people still get killed?

Can a nation that forgets to pay attention to the wars it is presently fighting do justice to the memory of those who died in the past?

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