AWOL ON AFGHANISTAN
“On TV news, Afghanistan has become the forgotten war. There are 15,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Afghanistan to support the fight against Taliban and ISIS forces, but you’d barely know it from watching any of the three broadcast network evening newscasts,” says reports Rich Noyes, senior editor for Newsbusters.org.
He examined evening news coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC from January 1 through June 22. In that time period, ABC offered just under 13 minutes of coverage while CBS and NBC each offered about 11 minutes.
“The same network broadcasts have produced 442 minutes of coverage on the on-going Russian investigation, 107 minutes on the Stormy Daniels scandal and 81 minutes on the probe of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen so far this year. Just last week, the three evening newscasts devoted an astounding 128 minutes to the issue of child separations, or nearly half (46 percent) of their total airtime after excluding commercials and teases for upcoming segments,” Mr. Noyes notes.