Here are 2004's top 10 stories, as voted by AP members:
1. U.S. ELECTION
3. FLORIDA HURRICANES
4. ABU GHRAIB SCANDAL
5. SEPT. 11 REPORT
6. GAY MARRIAGE
7. ARAFAT DIES
8. REAGAN DIES
9. RUSSIAN SCHOOL SEIZURE
10. MADRID BOMBINGS
Yes, it is frustrating that Abu Ghraib is so high on the list, especially since the story's longevity was artificially produced.
Yes, it is frustrating that the mass killing of Russian school children is so low on the list, especially since it was done by the same muslim terrorists who kill Americans. Doesn't quite sound like a seizure - more like a massacre.
The most frustrating part of the list is that the death of terrorist Yassir Arafat is higher on the list than the death of American president and world hero Ronald Reagan. One man dedicated his life to ending life by killing innocents. The other man fought for freedom and rescued millions from tyranny. Arafat pledged his life to the destruction of Jews. Reagan pledged his life to ending the death grip of communism.
Even gay marriage was more important to the AP than Reagan's death. Grrrr!
But, why am I surprised? The list was voted upon and compiled by the Associated Press. It would be interesting to see the list compiled by conservative news reporters.