Iraq Fights For Evening News Time

By Brian 

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“During the first six months of 2006, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs devoted an average of 39 minutes per week to the Iraq war, according to Andrew Tyndall, a consultant who monitors television news content. Since the fighting began in Lebanon, the Iraq story has dwindled to 13 minutes per week,” the AP’s David Bauder reports.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s been difficult,” ABC’s Jon Banner says. “The lineup gets crowded very quickly given the amount of news and the amount of time we have to devote to the other story in the Middle East.” Tom Rosenstiel puts it this way: The media is “better at covering news that breaks instead of news that bends.”