As violence has subsided and the U.S. focus is shifting to Afghanistan, “America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.” The decision will likely move Iraq even further from the minds of Americans. In 2007, according to television news consultant Andrew Tyndall, the three network evening newscasts devoted 1,888 minutes to Iraq. This past year, through Dec. 19, Iraq received only 423 minutes of coverage. ABC, CBS and NBC refused to speak on the record about their decisions, but the New York Times reports that “the staff cuts appear to be the latest evidence of budget pressures at the networks. According to some executives, Iraq has been “the most expensive war ever for TV news organizations.”
Broadcast networks have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.