Here’s a glimpse into the thinking of mainstream media, as editors and news directors for the Associated Press pick the most important stories of the year: U.S. Election Voted Top News Story of ‘04. (Hat tip: Bubbaman.)
To these people, the death of Yasser Arafat was more important than the death of Ronald Reagan—and the Abu Ghraib abuse story beats both of them:
4. ABU GHRAIB SCANDAL: Photographs came to light showing U.S. military guards at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad forcing naked Iraqi detainees to pose in humiliating positions. Prosecutions ensued, and the scandal fueled anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world.
Indeed it did. Mission accomplished, AP.