Saturday, October 11, 2008

WHY IRAQ NEWS STORIES ARE DISAPPEARING

Washington Post - The number of journalists traveling with American forces in Iraq has plummeted in the past year. U.S. military officials say they "embedded" journalists 219 times in September 2007. Last month, the number shrank to 39. Of the dozen U.S. newspapers and newspaper chains that maintained full-time bureaus in Baghdad in the early years of the war, only four are still permanently staffed by foreign correspondents. CBS and NBC no longer keep a correspondent in Baghdad year-round. . . Veteran journalists say stories about Iraq, where roughly 155,000 U.S. troops are deployed and where the United States spends approximately $10 billion a month, have become tougher to get on the air and into print. News coverage that once centered largely on the U.S. military experience is shifting, like the country itself, to a story of Iraqis taking the halting, often mundane steps toward building their own government.

1 Comments:

At November 23, 2008 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Destruction and chaos can keep the average couch potato interested for only so long... thus mainstream media's loss of interest about Iraq. Then of course, the journalists have little choice but to move on to other things. And embedded journalists don't get to cover what's really happening in Iraq and Iraqi society, but rather mostly the day-to-day lives of the soldiers, with an occaisional official report handed to the press.

 

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