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We need an army of Yons

Posted by Richard on June 25, 2008

Charlie Foxtrot, commenting from Afghanistan, is amazed (as I was) at the change in mainstream media coverage of Iraq (emphasis in original):

Powerline and Danger Room are right to point out the amazing numbers:

"According to data compiled by Andrew Tyndall, a television consultant who monitors the three network evening newscasts, coverage of Iraq has been “massively scaled back this year.” Almost halfway into 2008, the three newscasts have shown 181 weekday minutes of Iraq coverage, compared with 1,157 minutes for all of 2007."

However no one I have seen yet (though my reading time is limited here in Afghanistan) has noted the real smoking gun, found in the quote from a CBS news bigwig:

"Paul Friedman, a senior vice president at CBS News, said the news division does not get reports from Iraq on television “with enough frequency to justify keeping a very, very large bureau in Baghdad.” He said CBS correspondents can “get in there very quickly when a story merits it.”

Oh I see. So we finally have an admission of guilt on the bias front.

CBS news has now admitted that good news from a war zone does not merit coverage. Death, carnage, mis-doings of individual soldiers, and lack of good planning all drown out positive stories when they happen at the same time. But when those negatives all dry up and disappear, and the positive stories are left standing alone, the "journalists" lose interest and can't "justify" sticking around to do their jobs. If you can't justify a bureau because not enough reports from Iraq get on television….then put more reports from Iraq on television! This magically wasn't a problem a year ago. There were plenty of stories then. Gee, if we could only figure out what has changed during that time…..

Sad. Shameful. Disappointing.

In deference to Glenn Reynolds, we don't need and "Army of Davids". We desperately need an "Army of Yons", and "Army of Roggios", and an "Army of Tottens"….

Yep, that's about right. I've helped support all three of the above. Please join me. Or at least read what they have to say and then decide.

(HT: Doug Ross)

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2 Responses to “We need an army of Yons”

  1. Hathor said

    It may be that the mainstream media thinks the public is war weary and could care less about the blow by blow details of the war.

  2. rgcombs said

    That could be. And it could be just a ”coincidence” that (in both Iraq and Afghanistan) the MSM consistently decided the public was weary of war news whenever that news turned good. But when the news turned bad, they ”coincidentally” discovered that the public needed much more of it.

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