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The Big Story: Iraq or Missing Climbers?
Revealing Stats as TV News Nets Make Programming Judgments
By NIR ROSEN 12/20/2006 5:34 PM ET
The U.S. TV news networks have provided exhaustive coverage of the nine-day search for the three (now two) missing mountain climbers in Oregon, while on several days providing less coverage of the war in Iraq.

Both stories tragic. One story new and different and dramatic. The other story old and horrific and the focus of the attention of U.S. leaders, many Americans, and much of the world.

During the nine days of the search for the missing climbers on Mount Hood, here is what happened in Iraq:

-- Iraqis killed: 600+

-- U.S. military killed: 27

-- U.S. military wounded: 400+

-- Cost to U.S. taxpayers: $2.5 billion

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