War coverage

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

By: Lexie Hagerty

American Journalism Review wrote a story about Kathy Gannon, correspondent for the associated press, and her thoughts about the amount of media coverage the war in Afghanistan is getting. Let's just say, her comments are not good!

She argues that more soldiers have been dying in Afghanistan than in Iraq. However, the media seems to see Iraq as the bigger threat.

Gannon believes that history is repeating itself. Some of the same issues that happened in Afghanistan before 9/11 are happening again, and the U.S. is oblivious to it.

Roy Gutman, foreign editor for McClatchy, calls the media's absence from Afghanistan prior to 9/11 "one of the great lapses in the modern history of the profession."

Gannon proposes that there should be more coverage, if not full time coverage, on Afghanistan and I agree.

Afghanistan is one of the regions that spawned the 9/11 attacks. When the attacks occurred, no one seemed to know what was going on or what events had led up to it.

I do not want a crisis like 9/11 to happen again, and I think that the U.S. should take a little more interest in the region that could possibly surprise us again.


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