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?
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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
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