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Two years ago today, the U.S. invaded Iraq. The death, maiming and destruction this action has wrought should have shocked the American people into voting out of office the lying bastards who perpetrated it.

But it hasn't, so far, and this article buried in Yahoo entertainment news (yes, entertainment news) yesterday partly explains why: apparently we're too delicate and sensitive to witness the horrors.

"As with any death, we tried to make sure the pictures were as 'tasteful' as possible -- not much blood or gore," one anonymous respondent wrote. "We ran a front page picture of the four dead contractors in Fallujah, for instance, but from a greater distance than some newspapers, so the bodies were not immediately distinct as corpses. Even so, we drew a large amount of criticism from readers."

...another journalist wrote..., "We want to show what is happening, but also to avoid causing unnecessary shock and distress to viewers or encouraging further brutality by hostage takers. It is a difficult task."

So here's me, flipping through my local paper. I see a long-shot image of Americans who died in a war, and I email the editor saying I was offended at the picture?

What the fuck? Am I so brainwashed by the hypnotic chant of the Bush Administration that I must protest any suggestion that war kills nice American people?

I am offended at the war. At the lies that took us to Iraq. At the fact that half of this stupid-ass nation of mine still believes there was some connection between Iraq and Osama bin Laden. I'm offended by every single damn thing about the war. But I am not offended by accurate news coverage of it. If there were more of it, we'd have ended this travesty by now.

Kudos to lapin at DailyKos for bringing this deeply-buried news item to the surface today.


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Mar. 19th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
I'm offended by every single damn thing about the war. But I am not offended by accurate news coverage of it. If there were more of it, we'd have ended this travesty by now.

Absolutely. we haven't been the America of the Fifties for a damn long, long time, no matter what the administration wants it to be. Show the pictures, tell the truth and let the parents have their say.
Mar. 20th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
It's way, way past time to let go of the Leave It To Beaver family model. It never existed at all, but it certainly has no merit now. It's horrible enough that the government is gagging the media. To have the media self-censoring to this degree as a sort of playing-along tactic is just appalling.

When will the news world regrow its testicles?
Mar. 20th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
The more the media make it seem that we are fighting this war from the other side of a game console, the sicker I get. But not as sick as seeing what is actually going on. This is war right? Everyone should see the truth and be changed by it.
Mar. 20th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
I remember Vietnam. I believe that seeing it in our living rooms night after night was a key part of the revolution in the 60s.

I also believe that "they" know that and that this so-called media self-censorship has been very carefully scripted. Of course, I believe that if I wear a metal hat they won't be able to brainwash me, so take that with a grain of salt.

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