5/22/2005

I have some news for you, genius: the war is an unmitigated disaster

Another killer diary from Plutonium Page. I liked this part the best:

(the war) pictures, said a blog called Riding Sun, "portray the American invasion and occupation of Iraq as an unmitigated disaster."

I have some news for you, genius: the war is an unmitigated disaster....


Daily Kos :: See no evil: photojournalism and the Iraq war

A review of six prominent U.S. newspapers and the nation's two most popular newsmagazines during a recent six-month period found almost no pictures from the war zone of Americans killed in action. During that time, 559 Americans and Western allies died. The same publications ran 44 photos from Iraq to represent the thousands of Westerners wounded during that same time.

Many photographers and editors believe they are delivering Americans an incomplete portrait of the violence that has killed 1,797 U.S. service members and their Western allies and wounded 12,516 Americans.

Only 44 photos. Try to wrap your mind around that...

Obviously, the reasons are complex. The article mentions that some imbedded photojournalists have been censored by the military units with whom they are associated; they are often told to turn off their cameras. Also, many of the pictures can't be published due to privacy reasons, namely if the soldier's identity can be recognized. Also, some photos are deemed too graphic to publish.

Of course, the internet wingnut contingency had an opinion:

... a handful of conservative Internet commentators hammered the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Associated Press in April. They said the wire service's 20 winning photos for breaking news (including the one of the 24-year-old Babbitt) bucked up the insurgents and failed to show U.S. troops looking heroic or helpful. The pictures, said a blog called Riding Sun, "portray the American invasion and occupation of Iraq as an unmitigated disaster."

I have some news for you, genius: the war is an unmitigated disaster....

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