Saturday, September 05, 2009

Greg Mitchell deranged on AP Photo of fallen Marine

My instinct is war should be shown as it is, but I understand a family's objections, and I really understand being in a war zone and concerned about the images my family is seeing. But Greg Mitchell --writing here in HuffPo-- insensitive beyond comprehension.
It was not a one-off bit of "sensationalism" but part of a tasteful and remarkable tribute package profiling the dead Marine and the experience of the photographer, Julie Jacobson, who was there to capture his final moments before he was gravely injured. He later died, three weeks ago.
There is nothing tasteful and remarkable, no remarkable tribute in war's gore. Just an affront to a American family that did not want their son's suffering published.

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