AWOL ON AFGHANISTA­N

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“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.

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