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Once Again Duke Rape Story Dominates, Cost Of Iraq War A Side Issue

Reported by Donna - April 20, 2006

Once again most of the coverage was on that most important national event, the Duke Lacrosse Team rape story on Studio B with Shepard Smith. We heard items that were on the search warrant, we even had another segment that had a defense lawyer and a prosecutor debate the speculation.

We did get a little news on the cost of the war in Iraq.

Apparently the cost of the war in Iraq has doubled since 2003. It was 48 billion in 2003 and now it's running around 108 billion dollars a year now. In fact, when adjusted for inflation? The war in Iraq is costing us more than the war in Vietnam.

Comments: I don't get where the Duke story is more relevant than the cost of the war in Iraq. When it comes to national news, shouldn't the war in Iraq get more attention? Isn't the Duke story kind of a local one? Why does Fox insist on sensationalizing these local stories?

As for the cost of the war in Iraq, the numbers are sickening. But what's even more sickening is the cost in lives. With nearly 2400 American soldiers dead, over 17,000 American soldiers maimed or injured and 10's of thousands of estimated innocent Iraqi citizens dead, the price has certainly gotten too high and right now we're not seeing any progress.

Note to Fox -- more info and debate on the war in Iraq and a little less 'Duke' stories.

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