Dwindling Afghanistan Coverage?

The New York Times Brian Stelter writes about TV news coverage of Afghanistan…or lack thereof…

The low levels of coverage reflect the limitations on news-gathering budgets and, some say, low levels of interest in the war among the public. About a quarter of Americans follow news about Afghanistan closely, according to recent surveys by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

“Inside the United States, you’ve got audiences that are beginning to suffer from war fatigue,” said Tony Maddox, who oversees international coverage for CNN.

Mr. Maddox said CNN had “worked very hard” to make the war resonate with viewers, sometimes through human interest stories. “It’s always the eternal challenge in terms of international coverage: making the important interesting,” he said.

5 Responses to “Dwindling Afghanistan Coverage?”

  1. If you want to know who is really upset about this and about our attitude, it’s our Canadian and European Allies. They really can’t believe that our media would downplay our own troups, let alone our allies.

  2. lonestar77 Says:

    There’s been quite a bit of “dwindling coverage”. Afghanistan, Iraq, Gitmo, rendition, wiretapping, drones, to name a few. Oh, & as far as I know, the color coded terror chart that was mocked over & over & over hasn’t been replaced.

    I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the current President was hand picked by the press. Nope, gotta be something else.

  3. I’m sure it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that the current President was hand picked by the press. Nope, gotta be something else.

    This is getting ridiculous. You live in an alternate right-wing-persecution fantasy world.

  4. lonestar77 Says:

    Really? Which part of my comment do you take issue with? Is it untrue that all of those issues suddenly became unimportant once The One was elected? Or do you believe that Obama wasn’t hand picked by the press?

  5. The One was handpicked by the voters, with no small help from inept campaigns by Clinton and McCain. Almost every President in at least the last 60 years has faced weak opposition, which is always conveniently forgotten as soon as the election is over.

    The stories dim because the press – and their consumers – bore easily and move on. It has nothing to do with Obama.

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