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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Did the Media Ignore the US Capture of the Libyan Tanker?

The US recapture of the Libyan tanker Morning Glory a few days back was something I didn't comment on, being on deadline, but I certainly noticed it happened. Christian Caryl at Foreign Policy, though, complains that much of the media didn't: SEALed and Delivered in Libya.

I think the complaint about it being overshadowed by the NCAA and reality TV might be a bit unfair though: surely the Crimea, the missing airliner, and other substantive stories had something to do with it, too.

1 comment:

David Mack said...

John McCain will not be satisfied with U.S. policy toward the Middle East until we bomb something. Fox News will never be satisfied, because it is still Obama. For the media in general, it takes blood or sex or celebrity to decide that foreign policy is worthy of extensive coverage. Things like leading a coalition action without U.S. flag waving and making the most of the "unique assets" that the U.S. has available are way too subtle for general appreciation.