Tired of fatigue tag

From Scout:

From Editor and Publisher….

NEW YORK His newspaper gets hit from both sides, Timothy J. McNulty, public editor for the Chicago Tribune, relates in his most recent column. Some think the paper plays up “negative” stories about Iraq on page one, others feel the paper doesn’t cover the war often enough.

Rather than ponder the usual partisan biases, McNulty took the rare step of actually counting how many stories about Iraq have been hitting the front page, at his paper and others.

“I thought we should examine some actual data about how many Iraq stories appear on the front page of this and other major American newspapers,” McNulty wrote on Sunday. “What is immediately clear: a definite drop in the number of front-page articles as the war and occupation progressed during the last three years.” It made him wonder about “Iraq fatigue.” (emphasis mine)

The trend held for other papers the Tribune examined. Here is the list of papers in order (most to least articles) with number of times Iraq was a front page story by paper and year (the first 5 months of each year) ….

Washington Post

–2006…..132

–2005…..161

–2004…..twice as many as 2006 (exact # not given)

LA Times

–2006…..127

–2005…..155

–2004…..238

New York Times

–2006…..113

–2005…..143

–2004…..216

Chicago Tribune

–2006…….41

–2005…….74

–2004…..138

Boston Globe

–2006……32

–2005……65

–2004….143

USA Today

–2006……21

–2005……22

–2004……42

I’m growing tired of the fatigue tag…Iraq Fatigue, Katrina Fatigue…….