war manipulation

Perhaps it has always gone, but it doesn’t make it right. It’s when photojournalists feel the need to get their own agenda across in difficult areas. I remember when I was covering the Tsunami in Sri Lanka and I came across a child’s stuffed bear laying in the rubble. Thousands had been swept out to sea right in this one location, and I could have placed the bear in a better position to get a more powerful message across…but I didn’t.

This week in MSNBC’s picture of the week contest there were a couple of these images. Something hit me right away as being not right. Sure enough this photographer has been known to do it before.

When war photojournalism is done correctly, there is no question if it is real, you just know in your gut.

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