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Why no Bowe Bergdahl in print today?

In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.
In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 released a video showing the handover of Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, touting the swap of the American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.

I heard from numerous readers today who objected to the fact that the print edition of The Star had no news on developments in the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was swapped for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo.

“It’s all I’m seeing all over TV, so why did (The Star) not see fit to do anything about it?” asked one caller. “Is it because you’re so far to the left?”

I’m not sure I see this as a right/left issue, to be honest. There are plenty of complex factors involved here, to be sure. I’m not convinced how significant Tuesday’s news was in the case, as it played out much more among the pundit class than in real-time events yesterday.

But today, with the release of video of his handover and the increased controversy, there should be plenty of fodder for tomorrow’s paper. I’ve conveyed this interest to the editors putting it together.

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