3% of News Covers War, after 5 Years
Dear IAVA Supporter,
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, but you might not
have seen much about it on TV recently. Just 3% of the news in February
was dedicated to the war and fewer than one in three Americans know how many
American troops have died in Iraq. Believe it or not, a study just
released by the Pew Research Center shows that press coverage of the war is
at the lowest point since the war began.
Please take a minute now to sign an open letter to the media and demand that
major networks increase their coverage of the Iraq war.
The economy and the presidential campaigns are both important stories, but
news of the ongoing wars shouldn’t fall by the wayside. The media must
demonstrate that they can walk and chew gum at the same time. Over
80% of Americans are aware that Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Barack Obama
for president, while just 28% know how many troops have died in Iraq- even though
we are rapidly approaching 4,000 casualties.
An unprecedented detachment between the American public and the men and women
at war makes the media’s coverage of the conflicts more vital than ever. Just
because the coverage has waned doesn’t mean our troops aren’t facing daily dangers
or major issues once they return home.
Men and women continue to serve in Iraq, though you might not realize
that just from watching the news. Please sign
this open letter and honor the sacrifice of those who have served in the
past five years by making sure they remain in the public eye.
Thank you for your continued support.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Paul Rieckhoff, the Executive Director of IAVA, appeared on MSNBC’s Countdown
with Keith Olbermann on Friday, March 14, to discuss the 5th Anniversary of
the Iraq War and progress on the GI Bill. Click
here to watch.