Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's offical: Iraq is no longer interesting enough to pay attention to.

The WaPo reports:

"Twenty-eight percent of the public is aware that nearly 4,000 U.S. personnel have died in Iraq over the past five years, while nearly half thinks the death tally is 3,000 or fewer and 23 percent think it is higher, according to an opinion survey released yesterday. The survey, by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, found that public awareness of developments in the Iraq war has dropped precipitously since last summer, as the news media have paid less attention to the conflict. In earlier surveys, about half of those asked about the death tally responded correctly."

Gosh, I wonder how that could have happened? Judging by the media's round the clock coverage of the Hillary/Obama three ring circus, it's easy to see how people could get distracted. And then of course there's this:

"The call girl at the center of the prostitution scandal that prompted Gov. Eliot Spitzer to resign in disgrace has been identified as a 22-year-old aspiring musician . . ." [ABC]

Musician? OK, if you say so.

The whole country is gripped by the story of call girl "Kristen" and her freaking myspace page. Too bad the three US soldiers who died in an indirect fire attack this morning at Combat Outpost Adder picked that particular time to die. If every third American wasn't so busy listening Ashley Alexandra Dupre's "What We Want" maybe they might have cared.


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