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TV networks ignore some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued a list of the "Top Ten Most Underreported Humanitarian Stories of 2004," including soaring tuberculosis (TB) deaths and the immense toll on people living through chronic conflicts in Chechnya, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Northern Uganda:

The 10 stories highlighted by MSF accounted for just one minute of the 14,561 minutes on the three major US television networks' nightly newscasts. As the war in Iraq continued to dominate international reporting, only Chechnya received any coverage at all, while TB and the humanitarian concerns in North Korea and Colombia were briefly referred to during reports on other topics. In contrast, 130 minutes were devoted to Martha Stewart and 18 minutes to the indecency fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the National Football League's Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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