This week marks the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, but you wouldn't know it from what you see on TV.
With all the scandal-mongering coverage of the Democratic primary, the media's been too busy to spend much time talking about the two wars we're still fighting. In fact, just 3% of the news in February was dedicated to the war. That's down from 15% of news coverage last July. For the men and women risking their lives overseas, that's a slap in the face.
And it's skewing Americans' perceptions of the war. Over 80% of Americans are aware that Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Obama, yet only 28% know how many American troops have died in Iraq. That's less than one in three Americans. For any readers who aren't sure, the casualty number is about to hit 4,000. You can see the names and faces of these brave men and women here.
Most Americans will say that it's the very least we can do is take the time to honor their sacrifice. But how can we, as Americans, claim to be honoring their sacrifice if the average American can't even measure it?
We can do better.
I know it's an election year, and that the economy is in trouble. I know that it's easier to endlessly replay the latest gaffe from a candidate than to take your camera outside the Green Zone. But news of the ongoing wars shouldn't fall by the wayside.
You can help remind them. Please take a minute now to sign an open letter and demand the major networks increase their coverage of the Iraq war.
The media must demonstrate that they can walk and chew gum at the same time.