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A U.S. Marine assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit escorts a Department of State employee to be processed for evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, August 15, 2021. (US Navy/Central Command Public Affairs/Sergeant Isaiah Campbell/Handout via Reuters) NR is committed to keeping the focus on stories the rest of the media would prefer to forget.

We saw it, and called it out, on September 2. After a couple of weeks of intense coverage of Afghanistan that was just brutal to President Biden and his administration, the news media started to move on to other issues. The front pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today all turned their attention to Hurricane Ida’s rains hitting New York City and the Supreme Court’s declining to block the Texas abortion law.

On that day, it seemed like the media were eager to change the subject to anything but Afghanistan. MSNBC’s lead story was about January 6 again, and the top item on Memeorandum that morning was the New York Times story, “Joe Rogan, A Podcasting Giant Who Has Been Dismissive of Vaccination, Has Covid.” You could almost hear the sigh of relief in big-city newsrooms as the news cycle returned to “normal,” and big media organizations no longer had to remind their readers, listeners, and viewers that Joe Biden had led the country to a humiliating defeat and humanitarian disaster.

The Morning Jolt of that day noted all this. And NR’s morning newsletter, and countless articles and essays by my many colleagues, continued to cover Afghanistan, week after week, including the struggles of the American citizens and green-card holders and Afghan allies left behind. Unlike some other news institutions, National Review never assented to the Biden administration’s attitude of “out of sight, out of mind.”

We won’t move on. We’ll continue to cover this story. It’s just part of the work we do that our fall webathon aims to support. Work such as this:

In a series of articles, our Ryan Mills reported on a group of more than 100 U.S. citizens and

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