The Associated Press headline screams: Americans Tune Out Afghan War As Fighting Rages On. I want to scream, whose fault is that?
I certainly don’t believe that we should allow the media to spoon feed us. Each of us is responsible for using as many news sources as possible to have the broadest understanding of what is happening in our world – whether locally, nationally or internationally. Sometimes finding the facts – or even the opinions – about what is happening is difficult, especially if no one is talking about something or that issue you’re interested in is buried among a pile of baloney.
So why are Americans tuning out the war in Afghanistan?
Perhaps we’ve tuned that war out because it is so difficult to find relevant information about what is happening in Afghanistan. I just did a simple Google search. One caveat: your results may vary! I conducted two Google news searches. The first news search was for “Afghanistan war.” I received 231 results about the Afghanistan war.
The second news search I conducted was “Todd Akin.” I received 7,418 results.
Let that soak in. 7,418 news stories about a boneheaded candidate for Senate in Missouri and 231 results about U.S. citizens fighting in a battle zone on behalf of the United States.
And we wonder why Americans have tuned out the war? Yes, the economy, unemployment, deficit spending, national debt, Obamacare, the Middle East and even the stupid hurricane threatening to interrupt the Republican National Convention are all worthy news stories. We should pay attention to all of those stories.
But when the AP has the audacity to say “we” have tuned out the Afghanistan war when the media at large has tuned out that war, their inability to self-reflect about their own coverage is a little disgusting.
And just so you know – the AP at least acknowledged that the war in Afghanistan is important:
The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.
I guarantee you that if George W. Bush was President today, and we were losing one soldier a week, let alone one soldier per day, the Associated Press and their brethren in the Fourth Estate would be pounding that into our heads every single day.
Like I said, your results may vary, but when the media chooses to incessantly cover a stupid comment by a stupid candidate versus an on-going war, hardworking and busy Americans find it difficult to sift through the cow manure to find the real news.