As part of this continued sniping between the political scientists and the journalists, the debate has turned to how much attention the media pays to academics that specialize in comparative politics and international relations. Dan Drezner has a good summary of the debate and adds his own perspective.
On the way back from APSA, I watched a few TED talks on my iPhone, including this great presentation by Ethan Zuckerman from Global Voices. Zuckerman discussed how little media coverage in the United States is concerned with news outside of the US and how it has decreased over time.
So, if the American media isn't concerned with politics or conditions outside of its borders, it's hardly surprising that political scientists in those areas aren't getting phone calls as sources.
Here's the entire video.