War reports no longer rate as news

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Coverage of the Iraq war has faded from the Juneau Empire and most media outlets in the United States. Some might be led to think less is happening, that there is less violence, that less money is being spent on the war. They would be wrong. The media reports what is new and out of the ordinary. At the beginning of the conflict every U.S. battle death received front page coverage. Now the deaths often do not even rate the back pages. The deaths and spending of billions have fallen into consistency. They happen every day. It is not new, so it is not "news." We need to understand that just because the media does not report things does not mean they are not happening.

• For the record, an American soldier in Iraq was killed Monday, another one Tuesday and another one Wednesday.

• For the record, as of March 17, approximately 1,519 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq, not counting U.S. civilian employees, nor, of course, the much greater number of Iraqi deaths.

• For the record, on March 16 the U.S. House of Representatives approved an $81.4 billion supplemental spending bill for Iraq. Each dollar added to the national debt, each dollar "borrowed" from future generations.

• For the record, on March 16 the U.S. Army asked Congress to allow it to extend the enlistment contract for future soldiers by two years.

• For the record, a Fort Carson U.S. Army captain accused of terrorizing an Iraqi town's residents with threats, a pistol and a baseball bat was convicted Wednesday of three counts of assault on Iraqis.

• For the record, Bulgaria and Italy just announced they are pulling out of the Iraqi coalition.

But of course this isn't "news" anymore.

Jonathan Anderson

Juneau



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