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NYTimes: Network Foreign Coverage ‘Extensive,’ But Not Without ‘Major Blind Spots’

The New York TimesBrian Stelter writes about the rush of foreign news this year, and how the major TV news organizations have been covering the events.

The article notes that the American media has been exceptionally busy, with events in Tunisia, Egypt, Japan and Libya all overlapping. It also notes that fewer (or smaller) foreign bureaus have meant that networks have had to hopscotch reporters from place to place or region to region, creating some holes of coverage. Even with the resources they have, there are still major stories left untold by the TV news organizations:

But despite extensive coverage of Libya and Japan, the television networks have had major blind spots. Last week, none of the broadcast networks had correspondents in Bahrain, where the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet is based, when security forces crushed the protest movement there, nor in Yemen when forces there killed dozens of protesters. The dearth of coverage of Yemen is largely because of its government’s refusal to grant visas to journalists.

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