Defense Secretary Robert Gates is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an Associated Press decision to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.”
The AP response:
‘AP journalists document world events every day. Afghanistan is no exception. We feel it is our journalistic duty to show the reality of the war there, however unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is,’ said Santiago Lyon, the director of photography for AP.
As far as I am concerned, the AP reportage is hardly what one would consider fair and balanced. If it were, they would have written about some of the non-combat successes by our military. But we don’t see that because, from the AP’s viewpoint, such things don’t ‘fit.’ The photo in question does.