Monday, July 31, 2006
Lebanese/Hezbollah using dead children as props
Green Helmet man poses with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck after receiving his best use of a dead child Oscar.
Warning, these pictures are graphic. (Via Rush Limbaugh) Local officials are posing the dead for AP photographers.
Whatever else, the event in Qana was a human tragedy. But the photographs do not show it honestly. Rather, they have been staged for effect, exploiting the victims in an unwholesome manner. In so doing, they are no longer news photographs - they are propaganda. And, whoever said the camera cannot lie forgot that photographers can and do. Those lies have spread throughout the world by now and will be in this morning's newspapers, accepted as real by the millions who view them.
The profession of photo-journalism thereby is sadly diminished by them, and the trust in those who took them and in those who carried them is misplaced. Truly, we are dealing with loathesome creatures.