From Think Progress in the USA:
The media’s Iraq drawdown
– A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found that in all of 2007, the topic of the Iraq war occupied an average of 15.5 percent of the “newshole” in the media; in the last quarter it fell to nine percent, and then to 3.9 percent in the first quarter of 2008.
– The broadcast networks’ nightly shows devoted more than 4,100 minutes to Iraq in 2003 and 3,000 in 2004, before going down to 2,000 a year, according to Andrew Tyndall, who monitors the broadcasts and posts.
When George W. Bush did his Mission Accomplished speech in 2003, Iraq got lots of attention from the Bushist and/or self-censoring US corporate media.
After that, when over 97% of the US soldier casualties of the war, and the overwhelming majority of the over a million Iraqi casualties, died, the mainstream media shifted their attention to Anna Nicole Smith and Paris Hilton … sporadically interrupted by regurgitation of Bush administration “the surge is working” type lies about Iraq.
Sean Hannity of Fox News: here.