The past two decades have witnessed a disconcerting decline in the quality of coverage, particularly by TV networks obsessed with presentation rather than content. This became more pronounced during the US-led invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. The ‘dictatorship’ of live-time coverage has proved especially subversive. ‘Parachuted’ journalists are obliged to broadcast within minutes, even if they have no idea what’s going on.
This means less legwork. As veteran producers lament, their networks have abandoned real journalism, while Fox News is nothing more than propaganda. Wars are now presented as reality shows with computer game graphics and screaming captions.
"Lessons from Afghanistan: Let’s Get Back to Real Foreign Reporting," a perspective on foreign reporting from Edward Girardet, former foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.
via Nicholas Kristof