COMMENTS: The 33 Aces in the Hole
The looming rescue of the 33 trapped miners of Copiapo in Chile was the unanimous choice for Story of the Day. All three networks kicked off their newscasts from Chile, where the cramped capsule that will lift each miner 2,000 feet to the surface went through its final tests. Each individual journey is expected to take 20 minutes, with the rescues scheduled to start on Wednesday. Expect the countdown, the rescues and the celebrations to hog headlines all week long. On Columbus Day, Harry Smith substituted as anchor at CBS. The quasi-holiday domestically saw unusual interest in foreign news--not just Chile, but Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan and Indonesia.
ABC's Jeffrey Kofman and CBS' Seth Doane, with six reports each, have become regulars on the copper mine story since the cave-in happened ten weeks ago. NBC has rotated its correspondents. At the moment, Kerry Sanders is playing the Kirk Douglas role.
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