Major TV channels pulling out of Iraq

December 29, 2008

The United States three mainstream broadcast networks, namely ABC, CBS and NBC, have stopped sending full time correspondents to Iraq. At the same time the channels are trying to bolster their numbers in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“Americans like their wars movie length and with a happy ending,” [said Mike Boettcher, a Baghdad correspondent for NBC News from 2005 to 2007.] “If the war drags on and there is no happy ending, Americans start to squirm in their seats. In the case of television news, they began changing the channel when a story from Iraq appeared… Like it or not, the country is at war and there is not a correspondent to cover it,” he said. “Sad.” link



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