The Associated Press ran a story today about the lack of headlines covering the Iraq war in the U.S. media. It’s no secret that it’s been an unpopular subject for the current administration, and quite frankly (and perhaps callously), five years and 4,000 U.S. deaths in Iraq later, it seems that the American public may just be tired of hearing about it.
This is, for the most part, a nation of escapism. Britney Spears, Anna Nicole Smith (may she rest in peace), The Hills (are you friggin’ serious right now?), etc.
The short attention span of the mass population (and we’re not saying we’re not a part of that group) just doesn’t care about things that don’t affect their day-to-day lives. Out of sight, out of mind is sort of a mantra around these here parts.
For the minority that do care, and are aware (and we’re not saying that we’re a part of this group either), they get drowned out by the bull horn that is the American media.
So why do they do it? Are they pushing a political agenda? Or are they just chasing profits? It’s probably a mixture of both, with a bit of special sauce on the side, we assume.
We’ll part this post with one of our all-time favorite quotes:
“But, listen, let’s review the rules. Here’s how it works: the president makes decisions. He’s the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put ’em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know – fiction!”
— Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner.
Big brass ones, my friend.