The local news rag around here is the Charlotte Observer. The locals joke by calling it the Charlotte Disturber. This past week they earned that nickname. On the front page of Thursday’s paper, they printed a brutal AP photo of American civilians being hanged from a bridge in Fallujah, Iraq. This is their response…
I want to explain why we ran a photograph on today’s front page that some of you may find disturbing. It showed the bodies of American civilians being hanged from a bridge in Fallujah, Iraq.
Wednesday’s killings are among the most grisly and emotionally charged developments since the war began. The exuberant crowds that killed the civilians and publicly desecrated their bodies starkly illustrate the difficulties the United States continues to face in Iraq.
While our usual policy is not to run graphic photos, we made an exception in this case because of the importance of the story. We don’t seek to shock readers, but we also don’t want to overly sanitize the harsh realities of this war.
Well, Ms. Buckner let me respond by saying…..
A newspaper’s main job isn’t to report the news it’s to sell newspapers. The reason they decided to run the photo was to cause controversy. Controversy gets people talking about the paper. People who don’t normally read the paper pick up a copy and maybe continue to buy papers. To the Disturber, it is all an advertising scam. The Charlotte Observer pisses on the memories of those four American civilian contractors and all their families and friends. Not in the name of journalism but in the name of circulation. May God have mercy on your soul. Oh wait, that’s right. You don’t have one because you’re in the media.
I know I said I wasn’t going to post in the afternoon anymore but something has pissed me off so bad I couldn’t wait until tonight.
I am so disgusted once again. According to this article from Fox News an “alternative” (read: left-wing extremist rag) newspaper in Boston has printed pictures from the Daniel Pearl video. Including one of Pearl’s severed head. This “newspaper” has also linked to the Pearl video from their website. The publisher is using the CBS defense stating that America needs to see this video to he how much these terrorists hate Jews and Americans. And something occurred to me while thinking about this that didn’t occur to me the time I wrote about CBS showing the video. We don’t need to see how much they hate Americans and Jews. We all saw how much they hate us on September 11, 2001, when we saw the World Trade Center towers collapse live on TV. We got the point. There is no need to keep torturing this poor man’s family. Of course, the publisher of this rag hides behind the first amendment. But we all know the real reason for the publishing of the pictures and of the linking to the video. They want to sell more papers by appealing the lowest common denominator. They want people talking about them. And look here we are, talking about them. Notice I haven’t mentioned the paper or publisher by name. This is definitely a case of making the news instead of reporting it. This is right out of the National Enquirer handbook.
The publisher also says…
“The general public goes to films that are far more gory, and for no purpose other than to affect emotions.. “This is the real world, an enormously important event, the picture speaks a thousand words.”
True, but the general public realizes that these are not real people being killed in movies. We’re not talking about something that has a story, and a plot, and character interaction, and a happy ending. We’re talking about someone who was kidnapped, held hostage, and then brutally murdered. Someone who had a wife and a baby on the way. So now this rag is celebrating the baby’s birth by publishing pictures of its father’s severed head. Happy Birthday.
My question to you Mr. Publisher guy is if someone in your family had been brutally killed and it was videotaped would you be showing it in your newspaper and on your website? I seriously doubt it. There’s a special place in hell for people like you.