Remember back in 2003, when the War in Iraq had just started and the American news media had all those "imbedded" reporters, reporting directly from the "frontlines"? Well, I don't seem to recall any of them getting injured or killed. And THAT was supposedly the fiercest fighting of the "war".
Actually, I do recall Geraldo Rivera nearly got himself "fragged" by American soldiers for giving away troop positions, by drawing maps in the sand. But in hindsight, the actual "War" seemed a lot more peaceful than the "Peace" Iraq is experiencing, since George Bush declared victory.
In Iraq, most members of the mainstream media are kept as safe from the violence as humanly possible. So, the fact that such a prominent figure as the co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" was seriously injured (and nearly killed) by a roadside bomb is quite revealing as to just how bad the situation seems to be in Iraq.