Media Ignores Bloodiest Month in Afghan War
Remember the olden days – before the coolest man in the world became President – when the networks reported weekly and monthly casualty counts in the War on Terror?
April was the bloodiest month in the history of the Afghan war. At least 33 members of the U.S. military were killed and many more were seriously wounded. So, where is the coverage and news regarding the casualty counts. That was them; this is now! The networks aren’t about to report bad news regarding the war. What about Fox News? FNC is trying to reposition itself as part of the mainstream media that it seldom covers little things like this or much else that will embarrass Barack Obama. Roger Ailes new marketing plan is to position FNC just to the right of CNN.
Tom Sileo hasn’t forgotten. Tom maintains a blog dedicated to the heroes in our military. He writes about the horrid month that April was and calls out the media:
Most Americans realize that today marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of courageous Navy SEALs. Yet many of the same citizens, conditioned by a national media that pays scant attention to the military’s daily sacrifices, probably don’t realize that 2012’s bloodiest month of fighting in Afghanistan has just concluded.
As this blog and others discussed all month, April was difficult for our troops in Afghanistan and their families at home. According to an unofficial count by icasualities.org, at least 33 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan during the month of April. This number doesn’t include seriously wounded heroes like Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, who lost his arms and legs in an Apr. 10 terrorist attack.
During the year Osama bin Laden was killed, the war in Afghanistan made up just two percent of American news media coverage, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. If you add in coverage of bin Laden’s death in Pakistan, the number is four percent. Based on the media’s behavior so far this year, I would not be surprised if the death of Whitney Houston wound up generating just as much news coverage as the Afghanistan conflict in 2012.
On Monday — the last day of a month in which at least 33 American troops were killed — I saw a lengthy segment on Fox News about the one-year anniversary of Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton. Since trivialities like a couple’s anniversary are now deemed newsworthy by Fox and its competitors, one should not be surprised at the amount of stories we’re seeing today about bin Laden. Today is simply another anniversary for the media to talk about.
Today is not just another day in the mountains of Afghanistan, where thousands of Americans who volunteered to fight for our country are separated from their loved ones. Some of these units have held memorial services for their friends over the past month, while others are thinking about their wounded brothers and sisters hospitalized in Bethesda, Md., and elsewhere.
Hat tip: http://www.unknownsoldiersblog.com