The American Enterprise

Media priorities.(Indicators)(Brief Article)

The Medal of Honor, America's highest decoration for selfless valor, has been awarded only three times in the past three decades. On April 4 of this year, Army Sergeant First Class Paul Smith, a 33-year-old married man with two children, earned the latest medal, for high gallantry under fire during the initial invasion of Iraq, at cost of his life.

How many mentions did this rare award accumulate in the massive Lexis-Nexis database that culls stories from all the major U.S. media by subject matter? A grand total of 90 media citations.

Meanwhile, how many times does the name of disgraced and court-martialed Abu Ghraib guard Lynndie England come up in Lexis-Nexis? …

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