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Friday, September 04, 2009


Freedom of the press

Dare (for the first time in who knows how long, possibly years) to show a picture of a wounded U.S. soldier (one who later died), and have the U.S. government come down on you like a ton of bricks.

Even at that, AP has to explain itself in the most "patriotic" of terms: "We thought that the image told a story of sacrifice; it told a story of bravery." Actually it tells the story of one more meaningless death in a long string of such deaths, one more young American whose life has been cut short in the service of American imperialism, one more American family whose lives have been permanently altered by the premature death of one of their members. Don't look for AP to say that, though.

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