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Managing the News

The New York Times recognizes Memorial Day in its own unique way, by mourning the fact that the Army won’t let them publish pictures and videos of wounded soldiers without their permission.

On this Memorial Day, thousands of United States men and women are engaged in untold acts of bravery and drudgery on behalf of what our leaders have defined as vital American interests in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Readers of the Times know better, of course.

But even as the flags wave to honor soldiers past, much of the current campaigns go on without notice, because while troop numbers are surging, the media that cover them are leaking away, worn out by the danger and expense of covering a war that refuses to end.

Yes, wars owe it to journalists to end before the journalists get worn out.

Since last year, the military

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