A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit escorts a Department of State employee to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. (US Navy/Central Command Public Affairs/Sergeant Isaiah Campbell/Handout via Reuters) NR is committed to keeping the focus on stories the rest of the media would prefer to forget.
We saw it, and called it out, on September 2. After a couple of weeks of intense coverage of Afghanistan that was just brutal to President Biden and his administration, the news media started to move on to other issues. The front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today all turned their attention to Hurricane Ida’s rains hitting New York City and the Supreme Court’s declining to block the Texas abortion law.
On that day, it seemed like the media were eager to change the subject to anything but Afghanistan. MSNBC’s lead story was about January 6 again, and the top item on Memeorandum that morning was the New York Times story, “Joe Rogan, A Podcasting Giant Who Has Been Dismissive of Vaccination, Has Covid.” You could almost hear the sigh of relief