Neal Boortz is mad about the media:
It's already started: the media is rooting for us to lose the war on terror….Run the Abu Ghraib story on the front page for three weeks. Bury the Nick Berg story after one day. Ignore the Sarin and mustard gas finds. If the story will help Bush, bury it. If it will hurt Bush, run it day after day.
Well, that's one perspective. Leaving aside the issue of whether the Berg murder and Sarin finds have been buried in any meaningful sense, one reason why the torture scandal keeps attracting coverage is that it, unlike the Berg video, keeps yielding new developments. Like this story from ABC:
Dozens of soldiers—other than the seven military police reservists who have been charged—were involved in the abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, and there is an effort under way in the Army to hide it, a key witness in the investigation told ABCNEWS.
"There's definitely a cover-up," the witness, Sgt. Samuel Provance, said. "People are either telling themselves or being told to be quiet."
Or this from Reuters:
U.S. forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them to sexual and religious taunts and humiliation during their detention last January in a military camp near Falluja, the three said Tuesday.
The three first told Reuters of the ordeal after their release but only decided to make it public when the U.S. military said there was no evidence they had been abused, and following the exposure of similar mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
Two of the three said they had been forced to insert a finger into their anus and then lick it…All three said they were forced to make demeaning gestures as soldiers laughed, taunted them and took photographs. They said they did not want to give details publicly earlier because of the degrading nature of the abuse.
If there's a scandal in the coverage of Abu Ghraib, it isn't that the press is paying too much attention. It's that it took it so long to notice what was going on.