Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Iraq story buried by US networks- features Lara Logan of CBS

Iraq story buried by US networks- features Lara Logan of CBS
From The Real News Network

CBS's Lara Logan Slams American Coverage Of Iraq War
Troops feel they have been forgotten
The Young Turks

also see article from The New York Times.COM
Reporters Say Networks Put Wars on Back Burner
BRIAN STELTER June 23, 2008

Getting a story on the evening news isn’t easy for any correspondent. And for
reporters in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is especially hard, according to Lara
Logan, the chief foreign correspondent for CBS News. So she has devised a
solution when she is talking to the network.

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. The “CBS Evening
News” has devoted the fewest minutes to Iraq, 51, versus 55 minutes on ABC’s
“World News” and 74 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” (The average evening newscast
is 22 minutes long.)

CBS News no longer stations a single full-time
correspondent in Iraq, where some 150,000 United States troops are deployed.
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.”

and so it goes,

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