Thursday, April 22, 2004

Wrapped in Glory, shit deep in controversy

The gal who took this picture lost her job. The paper that printed one of the picture receives accolades. The Pentagon is a wee bit pissed about the pictures. My first reaction upon seeing the picture on the cover of the times was, damn that's too many people coming home. Then it occurred to me that I had never really seen an image like that before. "The Pentagon bars news organizations from taking pictures of caskets being returned to the United States, saying such photos are insensitive." Insensitive? Personally, it looks honorable. There are no names attached to the coffins, we haven't been told of the horrors these soldiers experienced that brought them to their death, the picture basically just shows the care the military takes to honor its own. The Pentagon should be flattered, not pressuring the contractor to fire the woman who took the pictures, that's just petty partisan bullshit rearing its ugly head again. Snarf.