Monday, August 20, 2007

PEJ Study: Media Coverage of Iraq Drops Off

Another major change in the period from April through June of 2007 was that press coverage of the war in Iraq declined markedly. Together the three major storylines of the war—the policy debate, events on the ground, and the impact on the U.S. homefront—filled 15% of the total newshole in the quarter, a drop of roughly a third from the first three months of the year, when it filled 22%.

That decrease resulted largely from a decline in coverage of the Washington-based policy debate, which fell 42% from the first to second quarter, once the Democrats failed to impose timetables in legislation funding of the war.

Campaign for President Takes Center Stage in Coverage: Quarterly Report on the News | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

Well, isn't that something. Since we didn't win the debate, we are taking our ball and going home. The Global War on Terror is the defining foreign policy event of our time. The 2008 Presidential Election is more than 14 months away, and our guys are in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Phillipines and the Horn of Africa, combatting terrorism. But since liberals lost the debate over Iraq policy, the media has decided to shift its focus to the Presidential Election, which is what the whole debate over Iraq was all about, anyway--getting a Democrat in the White House.

Do the mass media even know how they are being used by both the Jihadists and their allies in Washington? No one is that dense on purpose, are they?