May 29, 2008

War and the news

The Iraq war is now the third longest war in American history. War coverage, however, has dropped precipitously in the last year, accounting for only 3-percent of what American newspapers and broadcasters produce, according to the Project for Excellence in Journalism.

(For a more dramatic look, check out this graph.)

Find out some of the reasons why on today's excellent "To The Point", produced by Dan Konecky. The guests are CBS foreign correspondent Kimberly Dozier, who suffered severe injuries in a car bomb attack while reporting from Iraq; Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism; Sherry Ricchiardi, senior contributing writer at American Journalism Review (here's her piece on the subject), and Abderrahim Foukara, Washington bureau chief for Al Jazeera Arabic News.

My contribution to the show is the 10-minute segment at the end about monkeys guiding prosthetic arms with their brains.

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