In February 2007, the Washington Post published an article on the state of international coverage in the American news media by veteran foreign correspondent Pamela Constable. She wrote:

Instead of stepping up coverage of international affairs, American newspapers and television networks are steadily cutting back. The [Boston]

Globe, which stunned the journalism world last month by announcing that it would shut down its last three foreign bureaus, is the most recent example. Although more than 80 percent of the public obtains most of its foreign

and national news from TV, the major networks are also closing down foreign bureaus, concentrating their resources on a few big stories such as Iraq.5