Even as violence in Iraq escalates -- with some 3,400 deaths occurring last month alone -- news reports from the country have waned, according to a new study. Andrew Tyndall, whose Tyndall Report monitors TV news coverage, said that during the first six months of the year the three nightly news programs devoted an average of 39 minutes per week to Iraq, but since the outbreak of hostilities in Lebanon, the number of minutes has dwindled by two-thirds to 13. In an interview with the Associated Press, Jon Banner, executive producer of World News With Charles Gibson on ABC, said, "The lineup gets crowded very quickly given the amount of news and the amount of time we have to devote to the other story in the Middle East."