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1 Charles Johnson  Aug 9, 2014 1:06:15pm

Um, I don’t think it’s true that US media wouldn’t publish this image. I definitely saw it at the time, along with other horrible images from that war - for example, the “Highway of Death” where a convoy of fleeing Iraqis was utterly destroyed by airstrikes.

It may be true that some outlets wouldn’t publish the images, but this article is vastly overstating the case.

2 Charles Johnson  Aug 9, 2014 1:09:42pm

And when I see a quote from Conor Friedersdof to back it up, well…

3 freetoken  Aug 9, 2014 1:20:12pm

Corpse photos are a tough one for editors. Perhaps as art they are the most important of war photos, but as a product to publish editors are very squeamish about these things as the images are disturbing.

4 Dark_Falcon  Aug 10, 2014 9:15:10am

re: #3 freetoken

Corpse photos are a tough one for editors. Perhaps as art they are the most important of war photos, but as a product to publish editors are very squeamish about these things as the images are disturbing.

And editors have to worry about reader backlash. Enough “My CHILD SAW THAT HORRIBLE PICTURE YOU RAN!!” complaints can get an editor fired and can earn her or his publisher a browbeating at a Congressional hearing at the hands of congresscritters posing for their constituents.

5 FemNaziBitch  Aug 11, 2014 4:22:30am

It’s kinda sad that we have been so inundated with horrible images from movies, that the reality of this is one took a minute to register.

6 Retrograde  Aug 12, 2014 4:46:19am

With Network TV shows like CSI or NCIS , I find it surprising that any war photo shocks anyone . And the dialogue in Law and Order SVU ?
Seems like some sort of weird double-standard .
Reminds me of full frontal nude photos with a tiny black block over each of the woman’s nipples .

7 team_fukit  Aug 12, 2014 10:51:02pm

I recommend George Roedder’s _The Censored War_, contains photos from the so-called “Chamber of Horrors,” the archive of prints that the Office of War Information would not allow the media to publish during World War II, also compares the sanitized image of the War that the government presented versus the experiences of real Americans.

8 palomino  Aug 13, 2014 4:23:39pm

re: #4 Dark_Falcon

And editors have to worry about reader backlash. Enough “My CHILD SAW THAT HORRIBLE PICTURE YOU RAN!!” complaints can get an editor fired and can earn her or his publisher a browbeating at a Congressional hearing at the hands of congresscritters posing for their constituents.

All true. And all a cowardly cop out when it comes to a nation’s citizens knowing what’s actually going on. We’re not talking about the release of sensitive classified documents or top secret information.

These types of photos merely show the actual physical reality of what has already happened on the ground. Quite similar to the photos of flag draped coffins, which we as Americans were also prevented from seeing during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Are we American citizens all such delicate little flowers that we must be protected from photos of dead people and coffins?


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