NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Turning Off the News Spigot

For the past ten or twelve weeks, news has been coming out of the spigots in full force—a steady flow of news about Iran, Afghanistan, the Olympics, Iowa and New Hampshire. What happens when one of the spigots gets turned off?

Last month Iran expelled about 90 U.S. reporters, photographers and technicians. An Iranian official thought the action might quiet American tempers and "help the situation as a whole." Certainly it's some relief to be spared the nightly sight of camera-conscious Tehran mobs who seem to have nothing else to do but shake their fists on cue and rant against...

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