From Tim Blair:
The New York Times reports (in its Media & Advertising section):Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq …
Joseph Angotti, a former vice president of NBC News, said he could not recall any other time when all three major broadcast networks lacked correspondents in an active war zone that involved United States forces.
Which is as clear a sign as any that the war is over and coalition forces have won. Or, as the Times prefers to put it:Of course, the Iraq war has evolved and violence in the country has subsided … representatives for the networks emphasized that they would continue to cover the war and said the staff adjustments reflected the evolution of the conflict in Iraq from a story primarily about violence to one about reconstruction and politics.
Good news is no news. Here’s Jane Arraf, CNN’s former Baghdad bureau chief:
“You can imagine how much more tedious it would be to watch soldiers running meetings on irrigation,” she said.