Anyone notice that there is no news about the Iraq or Afghan Wars on front pages of the newspaper.
Stories about Iraq often make it to the front page, but they are written as if Iraq is a country with lots of violence by a group of insurgents who suddenly appeared for no good reason. If the U.S. is mentioned, it is usually a discussion of diplomatic issues, rather than noting that the U.S. has an army in Iraq.
The real war stories are usually small and somewhere near page 12. There's often a limited mention that there was military action, and there is always a little box of American servicemen who have been killed.
Even here on Cyburbia, the subject matter is Wendy's chili, runaway brides, the Jackson kid, and the like. The war has disappeared.
Two American jets crashed in Iraq last week. Two marine pilots died. I don't think that story made it to most papers. It certainly didn't make the front pages. It's hard to compete with a runaway bride for news worthiness.
Kunstler's latest rant is that -- at current rates of discovery and use -- we will run out of oil before the Social Security Trust Funds run out. Which should be more important to the press and President? The press gave Social Security 3 months of front page coverage and oil trends a few liberal columns on the op-ed page.
All that being said, there are rational responses to issues at hand. They can be solved by the "middle" but not the two artificial extremes that have been created by political strategists. A good first step would be a non-aligned press that reports news.