May 11, 2005

ABC News: We're Not Interested in Covering the Iraq War

Sirotablog: Why do Americans think journalism is a complete and total joke? Maybe because news organizations treat the most serious, somber news as a a complete and total joke. Just look at this from ABC News's "The Note" today:

"Brides gotta run, planes gotta stray, and cable news networks gotta find a way to fill a lot of programming hours as cheaply as possible...We say with all the genuine apolitical and non-partisan human concern that we can muster that the death and carnage in Iraq is truly staggering. And/but we are sort of resigned to the Notion that it simply isn't going to break through to American news organizations, or, for the most part, Americans...What is hands down the biggest story every day in the world will get almost no coverage."

AmericaBlog says: Stop worrying about getting a nickname from Bush and start asking hard questions. Sirota's work today is incredibly enlightening about the MSM. There are some fine reporters on the ground in Iraq. But their work only matters if the people they work for back home remember they are there. Kinda like the way we should be remembering that there are 140,000 troops over there -- and they are getting killed and injured every day.

Daily Kos says: Excuse me? This is ABC News saying that unless there is conflict at home, a war that kills dozens a day, including Americans, will not get coverage? That as long as people are "deferrential" to an unpopular president, they're not allowed to cover the carnage in Iraq? This is what the US media has become? Absolutely unacceptable.

Any other bloggers, send me your takes.

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