Will The Media Continue To Ignore Iraq?
Bernstein doesn't think the MSM will cover Iraq:
This is, in a sense, a curious case where the usual myopia of the American mass media is going to help Obama even if the policy goes wrong. Basically, as long as Americans aren't dying in Iraq, there are going to be very few news stories about that nation. That's going to be true if there's a low-level civil war, and it's certainly going to be true if democracy doesn't, in the end, triumph. Sure, if there's a coup, CNN will cover it briefly, but after that it'll be back to weather, murders, shark attacks, and whatever else CNN fills its days with. If there's no coup, but just increasingly rigged elections, or Iraq falling further into Iran's camp, it'll get even less coverage (were you aware of this anti-American rally in Iraq last week? Didn't think so).
He thinks Obama will continue to draw down troops even if all hell breaks loose. That seems to be the message from the White House. But I'm not so sanguine about the reaction in the US if all those deaths and all that cost and all that damage ends up empowering a Shiite pseudo-strongman, with torture prisons and rigged elections. Anarchy is on the march.