Back when George W. Bush was president, the media made a big fuss about the administration’s refusal to allow the press to photograph soldiers’ coffins, saying it hid the true cost of the war. President Obama lifted the ban in April, and the media flocked to snap shots of that first returning coffin. And then? Then they swiftly lost interest, notes Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
“It’s really fallen off,” says an Air Force spokesman. Whereas 35 media outlets covered the first coffin’s arrival, by now most of the dead are greeted by a lone AP photographer. “It’s our belief that this is important, that surely somewhere there is a paper, a family, a community, for whom this homecoming is indeed news,” says an AP spokesman. “This is a responsibility for the AP to be there each and every time.”