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Journalist dies in Iraq

A roadside bomb killed 8 U.S. troops and one European journalist. This graph comes before this graph, which mentions that 35 people died earlier in the day. It is a hard question to ask. Whether one US. death is more newsworthy than 2 Iraqi deaths. What is the magic number here. How many people have to die to earn top billing over a US death in a news story.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1915694.htm

The challenge in this story is highlighted in my comparison. The statistics don't match up, this article posted on CNN International,
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/06/iraq.main/
states that 9 U.S. troops were killed. This story fails to mention the identity of the journalist, maybe because information hadn't been released yet. This article was published on May 6th, and the first article which appeared on ABC News Online was published the next day.

I think it must be very challenging to get information out of Baghdad.