Although there are still 15,000 U.S. troops currently deployed in Afghanistan to support the fight against Taliban and ISIS forces, the big three broadcast networks have offered scant coverage of the ongoing efforts.
“On TV news, Afghanistan has become the forgotten war,” according to a NewsBusters.org study which examined evening news coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC from January 1 through June 22.
In that time period, ABC offered just under 13 minutes of coverage while CBS and NBC each offered about 11 minutes.
“The same network broadcasts have produced 442 minutes of coverage on the on-going Russian investigation, 107 minutes on the Stormy Daniels scandal and 81 minutes on the probe of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen so far this year,” reports Rich Noyes, a NewsBusters senior editor and director of research for the Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog based in Reston, Va.
The issues of the day continue to dominate coverage, he found.
“Just last week, the three evening newscasts devoted an astounding 128 minutes to the issue of child separations, or nearly half (46 percent) of their total airtime after excluding commercials and teases for upcoming segments,” Mr. Noyes said.