International news gathering on the decline

Infotainment got another boost recently, with the revelation that more and more newsweeklies are cutting back their international bureaus and budgets. This Int'l Herald Tribune article notes:

Editors at Newsweek, Time and BusinessWeek emphasize their commitment to international coverage. Yet within the last month, staff reductions at Time and Newsweek and the outright closure of BusinessWeek's international print edition will almost certainly reduce the amount of news and analysis of global affairs.

I find it amazing that in a time of war, occupation, globalization, and the expanding role of China in business affairs that Time Inc. would think it a good idea to lay off the bureau chiefs of their Beijing, Seoul, Jerusalem and Moscow offices. Nahhhhh, nothin' happenin' in those parts of the world.

Much of what the article focuses on is the international readership (or lack thereof) for these publications, but I'm more worried about the international coverage here in the US. These publications already do a pretty poor job of accurately reporting what's happening in the world; what's going to happen they don't even have the human resources to get the story straight from the start?

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