Iraq and Afghanistan now account for just 3% of the coverage in America’s print and broadcast news. CBS News, for example, has no correspondent currently in Iraq. We look at the cost, the danger and the attention span of American news consumers. Is the third-longest war in American history a non-story? Also, Scott McClellan responds to White House criticism of his memoir, and the brains of monkeys have adopted artificial arms as their own. Will the same technology work for paralyzed people?
FROM THIS EPISODE
Two monkeys have learned to adopt artificial arms as their own, controlling them only with brain activity. Paralyzed humans can control cursors on computer screens with their brain waves. Research released online by the journal Nature suggests they could do the same thing with artificial arms, legs or other prosthetics. This could be good news for those with paralyzing conditions, including veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. John Kalaska is a professor of Neuroscience at the University of Montreal.
John Kalaska, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Montreal
Former White House Secretary Scott McClellan was on the defensive today, replying to attacks on his new book which claims that the Bush Administration deceived the American public about the war in Iraq. On NBC's Today Show he was asked if there was deception, why he did not speak up then. Mark Silva is White House reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
Mark Silva, White House Correspondent, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune
The conflict in Iraq is now the third longest war in America's history. For tens of thousands of US soldiers and countless Iraqis it's a matter of life and death. But America's newspapers and broadcasters have now reduced Iraq and Afghanistan to just 3% of the stories they are reporting. Is it too dangerous for Western reporters? Is it too expensive? Conversely, has a decreased level of violence made it a non-story? Has the taxpaying, patriotic American audience lost interest? Why do the presidential primaries get so much more attention?
Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast / CNN (@KimberlyDozier)
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)
Sherry Ricchiardi, Senior Contributing Writer, American Journalism Review
Abderrahim Foukara, Managing Editor, Al Jazeera Arabic News
More From To the Point
Bannon, Moore storm the establishment barricades Donald Trump appealed to the frustrated base of the Republican Party, and Steve Bannon rode Trump's train to the White House. Now, Bannon's out on his own -- fomenting revolution against the GOP establishment—especially leadership in the Senate. Where's President Trump as the battle lines are being drawn?
Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Substandard living in Santa Barbara Property owner Dario Pini houses thousands of low-income tenants throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, but faces over 3,000 health and safety violations and three lawsuits by the city of… Read More
How to prepare for an earthquake Thursday is California’s Great ShakeOut drill. If you haven’t gotten your earthquake kit together and made sure you have a plan, do it today! What should be in your earthquake… Read More