An AP story yesterday says coverage of the Iraq war has dropped from 24% of newscasts to 1%. Why? CNN correspondent Arwa Damon said, “It’s no big secret that this is a war that everyone has grown tired of.”On Sunday, an LA Times headline declared, “Iraqi Feel-Good Stories Prove Elusive.”
So, what the media is trying to say, it seems, is that finding stories that agree with the Bush Administration’s fantasy about how the war is going is proving hard. Therefore, why report anything at all?
On this 5-year anniversary of the invasion, here are some hard facts that are worth dissemination:
70,000 American men and women in the armed services have been wounded in this conflict. An additional 250,000 need medical treatment for ailments ranging from post traumatic stress disorder to hearing loss. If the war ended today, it will cost $600 billion in medical expences for these vets. That’s not factoring in the cost of combat. The cost of lives lost. The cost of America’s reputation abroad. The cost of the long term mess in the Middle East.
If you want that, check out the book by Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes: “The Three Trillion Dollar War: The true Cost of the Iraq Conflict.”
You won’t hear those facts on a station near you.