The New York Times reports that the U.S. networks are starting to reconsider their coverage of the Iraq war, especially after this week's casualties in the media ranks.
On Tuesday, some executives argued that the risks are even greater for television personnel because of the equipment they must carry — including cameras that are sometimes mistaken for weapons — and how visible they must be to convey the story.
Ms. Dozier and her crew, while working on a piece about the job American soldiers were doing on Memorial Day, had to get out of their armored vehicle to shoot video in the street, leaving them exposed to the car bomb.
"Camera crews are very much more easy to target," said Steve Capus, the president of NBC News.
Mr. Capus said he was shaken when he first heard of the attack. "Of course your first reaction is to say: is this worth the costs?" Mr. Capus said. "The answer is: nothing is worth losing someone's life.
"But this a very tough call. You can't deny this is a big story."
If the networks pull out -- which at this point still seems unlikely -- then they'll be doing the Bushies a great big favour. The blood and the bombing will be that much easier for Americans to ignore.