Media Ignores Bloodiest Month in Afghan War

2012 May 1
by bc3b

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.

Read more:

Hat tip: http://www.unknownsoldiersblog.com

Medics evacuate an unidentified British soldier, 'Cover-up' over casualties in Afghanistan

 

 

 

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43 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 May 1 1:24 pm
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    The contrast in MSM coverage (outside of a 2-3 week period in the fall of 2009) has been rather striking since November 2008.

  2. 2012 May 1 1:26 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Obama Pays Surprise Visit to Afghanistan:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/bin-laden-raid-anniversary-obama-makes-surprise-visit-190839124.html

    And you though Chad Ochocinco was a showoff when he found the endzone.

    For those of you who think Obama and the media won’t play the “race card,” this shows you just how out of touch they are.

  3. 2012 May 1 1:37 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #3 DUDE. Some people need to lose their jobs. This kid is going to make out like a bandit when he wins the inevitable lawsuit.

  4. 2012 May 1 1:37 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    HK #3 –

    Worst of all, from what analysts are saying, there is no end in sight. They are gaying this could be “generational.”

  5. 2012 May 1 1:49 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #5 Judy was right- the comments are encouraging. Me thinks the blinders are coming off.

  6. 2012 May 1 1:51 pm
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    4. Hope so, but I doubt it as too anyone losing their jobs, likely the cover up and ass covering has already begun.

  7. 2012 May 1 2:10 pm
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    mulletover permalink

    Another bloody month in Afghanistan. Wonder what the KIA count is in the “good war” since superhero CIC took over with his sensible rules of engagement.

    Matter of fact, I don’t believe I have seen a KIA count since early 2009.

    Funny that, it’s all the media used to report.

  8. 2012 May 1 2:24 pm
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    justrand permalink

    The troops are sick & tired of being used as backdrops for Obama’s self-congratulatory photo ops. Does he give a damn about the effect on morale? Ha, ha…of course not. They, we, everyone (including his kids) are mere pawns…put upon this earth for his use.

    FU*K him!!

  9. 2012 May 1 3:45 pm
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    I wish they would find a middle ground between barely reporting on it at all and the near daily pimping of body counts we had to sit though during 2004- mid 2008.

    ot- http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/china-s-population-crash-could-upend-u-s-policy.html

    Found a couple of the comments more useful then the article itself.

  10. 2012 May 1 4:31 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Jim Treacher: Three of the guys who tried to blow up the bridge in Ohio claimed they worked for “Occupy Cleveland” oin their Facebook pages:

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/01/occupiers-try-to-blow-up-a-bridge-near-cleveland/

    Imagine MSM’s reaction if members of the Tea Party tried to blow anything up!

  11. 2012 May 1 4:36 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    Good luck to Brock Griffin and the Clippers if they are playing tonight. Remember, only the last five minutes of the game means anything.

    I will be watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the other conservatives.

  12. 2012 May 1 4:46 pm
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    “It’s no April Fool’s joke — last month CNN delivered its lowest-rated month in total day in over a decade, since August 2001, the month before the September 11 attacks. The once-dominant cable news network posted decade-lows among both total viewers (357,000) and Adults 25-54 (108,000). Versus April last year, CNN was down 21% in total viewers and 29% in 25-54. In comparison, leader Fox News was up 2% in total viewers (1.1 million) and 1% in 25-54 (273,000) and No.2 MSNBC was flat in total viewers (425,000) and down 5% in 25-54 (139,000).”

    http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/cnn-has-its-lowest-rated-month-in-more-than-a-decade-in-april/

    Nothing to see here: “Two Federal Reserve officials warned Tuesday that the U.S. could be heading for a “fiscal cliff” at year’s end if mandated tax increases and spending cuts are implemented. ”
    http://www.cnbc.com/id/47246646

  13. 2012 May 1 4:53 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    last month CNN delivered its lowest-rated month in total day in over a decade, since August 2001

    If the folks at CNN cannot figure out why this might be, they obviously haven’t read Derrick Bell. 😉

  14. 2012 May 1 4:55 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    #14 I’ll personally call up Brock Gryffindor and tell him you wished him good luck. Thanks!

  15. 2012 May 1 5:18 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    “#14 I’ll personally call up Brock Gryffindor and tell him you wished him good luck. Thanks!”

    I appreciate that, JM. I remember seeing him when he was still in the big time (college hoops). He was playing for Nebraska, Indiana, Alabama, Detroit or some other team with red uniforms. Seems like a nice guy.

    It would be nice to see an NBA final between two teams that have always sucked – maybe the Clippers and the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies have a uniform that absolutely sucks. It was something that juniuor high schools would have worn in the 1950s of 60s. I saw it flipping channels and had nightmares for a month. See post above.

  16. 2012 May 1 5:25 pm
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    justrand permalink

    I love Jim Treacher’s comment on the OWS people being involved in trying to bomb the Ohio bridge:

    Remember, everybody: Whenever an Occupier commits a crime, he’s not really an Occupier. All Occupier crimes are completely unrelated incidents, because shut up.

  17. 2012 May 1 5:25 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    I don’t think the Clippers will go all the way *this year*, but next year? Champs. I’m calling it. Then I’m calling Bike Groffen.

  18. 2012 May 1 5:27 pm
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    JustMary permalink

    Funny stuff (if you share my sense of humor)

    Part two, if you’re interested

  19. 2012 May 1 5:32 pm
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    justrand permalink

    we don’t go to many movies…we’ll go to this one. ALL people of faith should!

  20. 2012 May 1 5:33 pm
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    HalJordan permalink

    Every additional day staying in Afcrapistan is another additional day of Operation Enduring Insanity, The Trillion Dollar Bridge to Nowhere.

  21. 2012 May 1 5:43 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Hal –

    Someone has to protect the Afghan opium farmers.

  22. 2012 May 1 7:18 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Someone has to protect the Afghan opium farmers.

    Funny that. Before the Taliban showed up, they seemed to manage pretty well thru the French Connection.

  23. 2012 May 1 7:27 pm
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    occupy wall street

    watch to the end.

  24. 2012 May 1 7:40 pm
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    justrand permalink

    IP…that video rocked!!

  25. 2012 May 1 7:46 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    HHS gets schooled in Constitutional Law —

  26. 2012 May 1 7:55 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    From MM’s site —

  27. 2012 May 1 7:56 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Sebelius doesn’t give a damn about anything but her fervent desire to mold this country into her twisted vision of it. It was great to see her schooled!

  28. 2012 May 1 8:24 pm
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    HalJordan permalink

    “Success in Afghanistan is vital to our nation’s security.”

    Romney just said this? OMG. So he, like Obama and our mad clown generals, believes in Operation Enduring Insanity/The Trillion Dollar Bridge To Nowhyere in Afcrapistan. Who the hell did he bring into his foreign policy team? Doug Feith? Ronald Reagan, where are you?

  29. 2012 May 1 9:35 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Hal,

    We just ought to go Roman and annex the place. There is a multi trillion store house of rare earth minerals there. — http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2010-06/us-geologists-uncover-staggering-1-trillion-cache-unmined-mineral-resources-afghanistan

  30. 2012 May 2 3:46 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2012, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

    Loyalty day! Soviets did the same thing. Same day. All ya have to do is add a little sentence as to who and its complete.

  31. 2012 May 2 5:11 am
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  32. 2012 May 2 5:35 am
    [36]

    Here’s a fabulous explanation of the symbiosis between “loneliness”& “poverty” . . .

    When your kids (or grand kids) ask you “Why they have to study or

    work hard all their life and continue making money?”

    Show them these pictures of Flavio Briatori,

    President of Renault, and his current girlfriend below…..

    Then explain that this is not a ‘love relationship” but a “hate relationship”.

    HE HATES BEING LONELY… AND SHE HATES POVERTY!

    And that, my friend, is how a real STIMULUS PACKAGE works!

  33. 2012 May 2 5:47 am
    [37]

    THEY CAN’T BE AT WAL-MART ALL THE TIME!!!

  34. 2012 May 2 6:05 am
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    justrand permalink

    ip: “HE HATES BEING LONELY… AND SHE HATES POVERTY!”

    It’s why I love doing jigsaw puzzles…sometimes the pieces just fit perfectly!

  35. 2012 May 2 6:11 am
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    Battle of Athens

  36. 2012 May 2 8:03 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Cool video IP. The goons didn’t have a chance and they should have known it. A third of the male population in ’46 came back from the war trained in squad level tactics. Imagine this nationwide.

  37. 2012 May 2 8:24 am
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    JustMary permalink

    #37 What???? No helmets???

  38. 2012 May 2 8:33 am
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    justrand permalink

    IP, I just finished watching ‘The Battle of Athens”…WOW! I want to see the whole movie now.

    I am sorry to say I had never heard of it before…but it is a story that should be told and re-told. And, it is a story that may well happen again soon.

    thank you !!

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