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April 02, 2005

Terrorism in Iraq

Terrorism in Iraq seems to be completely disappearing from the news media. It used to be that any click to Google News would result in at least one of the top stories being about a suicide bomber ("homicide bomber?") somewhere in Iraq. Then a quick scroll down to the "World" section would often yeild stories of two or three separate incidents. Not anymore, though. Now you can go days or weeks without...anything. And since Google News is based upon the prevalence of a news story in the media, this tells us something.

But what?

It seems to me that it's one of the following:

1) The liberal media has given up on its over-reporting of a phenomenon which it had hoped would bring down a president - making room for one that would share its ideology. The election is over, after all.

2) The terrorism is going away. The war is being won. "Quagmire"? "Another Vietnam"? The liberal's wish just isn't coming true. Better luck next time. (Not likely.)

Or maybe it's both.

Posted by Jeff at April 2, 2005 06:12 AM


They are two reasons why Iraq is being less common in the western news. The first is that there is no foreign journalists in Iraq outside the green zone or whatever it's called. They have been scared off by the kidnappings etc... All the news from Iraq you will see we be second hand news brought in by Iraqi journalists. The reliability of these sources cannot be assured.
The second reason is that the readers tend to get bored of the same subject after a while. After extensive coverage of a subject, except if they are major changes to the situation, the media tend to abandon the subject. Happens everywhere for everything. They are dozens of people being killed each day in Iraq but it's just like every other day. The media have no info to add (especially since they don't do first hand reporting) and the papers end up the same day after day. The public then won't read any further than the headline and thus the media abandons the subject.

Posted by: Arthur at September 24, 2005 03:55 AM

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