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     COMMENTS: Miamiís Latin Bureau

None of the networks sent their reporter to Colombia to cover the clandestine videotape of the commando raid that rescued 15 prisoners from FARC guerrillas. The images showed the prisoners being transferred to a helicopter, disguised as FARC friendly, and then the elation on board as they were told that they were free. CBS' Kimberly Dozier narrated the scenes from Washington. NBC used its Miami bureau, where Mark Potter tends to divide his time evenly between the southeastern states and Latin American beats. ABC's Steve Osunsami was in San Antonio, where three of the hostages are receiving military medical care. Technically Keith Stansell, Thomas Howes and Mark Gonsalves are civilians but the Pentagon is looking after them anyway because they were out-of-uniform contractors conducting surveillance in the War on Drugs when they were captured by FARC.

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