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Jacoby Explains Where War Coverage has Gone

By on 3.24.08 | 8:48AM

Sort of.

The New York Times reports today on why the media has dramatically reduced its focus on Iraq war coverage, as illustrated by a Pew Research Center project:

Media attention on Iraq began to wane after the first months of fighting, but as recently as the middle of last year, it was still the most-covered topic. Since then, Iraq coverage by major American news sources has plummeted, to about one-fifth of what it was last summer, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

The Times explains away why that may be the case, including such excuses as "decline in public interest," the "danger and expense in covering Iraq," and "shrinking newsroom budgets." My answer is "we're winning," which is described better and in more detail in Jeff Jacoby's recent column about playwright David Mamet converting to libertarianism:

Misery abounds in The World According To Liberals. It's a world in which climate change devastates the environment and families struggle to make ends meet, while hate crimes terrorize minorities and tobacco companies poison children. Everywhere the progressive looks, the news is bad: teachers are underpaid, innocent defendants go to prison, families lack health insurance, good jobs are outsourced, a glass ceiling keeps women down, tax cuts favor the rich, gays yearn for equality, and the Patriot Act shreds our civil liberties.
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