Tuesday, December 30, 2008


TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War

By BRIAN STELTER - New York Times

"Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.

“The war has gone on longer than a lot of news organizations’ ability or appetite to cover it,” said Jane Arraf, a former Baghdad bureau chief for CNN who has remained in Iraq as a contract reporter for The Christian Science Monitor.

Joseph Angotti, a former vice president of NBC News, said he could not recall any other time when all three major broadcast networks lacked correspondents in an active war zone that involved United States forces."
I can just see our corps of pseudo-journalists in the disaster that is the USofA's traditional media, rolling their eyes now, and drooping their shoulders, saying: "Ugh, you know . . . the thing about this tragitastrobacle in Iraq is that it just keeps going on, and on, and on . . . people are bored by it, we in the news media are bored by it. There's nothing to cover in Iraq anymore . . . it's just bombing, death, blood, no solution, endless occupation, no political progress . . . year after year after year." If the US's involvement in World War II had lasted this long, they probably would have stopped covering that too. And hey, I understand where they're coming from. Just because there's 140,000 US troops stationed in Iraq, ongoing violence, and probably over a million dead, doesn't mean that the traditional corporate media has some responsibility to keep covering it. It's old news. We've all got tragitastrobacle-fatigue.

However can we end this feeling of being bored by death, destruction, and occupation? Whatever can we do?

No comments: