There were a number of passages yesterday. President Gerald Ford passed away at age 93. May he rest in peace.
Also on December 26, Deaths among American forces in Iraq exceeded the number of civilian deaths (2,973) in the September 11 attacks. If the justification for the Iraq invasion were to somehow avenge the deaths on 9/11, then this number has significance (although a hypothetical "eye for an eye" invasion would presumably focus on the number of enemy civilian deaths). If it were to prevent a similar attack by a different threatening power, then the number is meaningless. If there is no connection to 9/11, even to prevent a future attack by a different threatening power, then every death is unjustified, not just those that exceed 9/11 deaths.
To their credit, it appears that most American journalists are staying away from this sort of anniversary/numbers reporting. CNN and CBS News were the only prominent American reports that I could find in my brief search online. I initially heard the numeric comparison on the Fox News Channel.