Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: A Dead Soldiers Disrespect

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Dead Soldiers Disrespect

" President Bush had seen that photographs of the coffins of service members killed in Iraq arriving at Dover Air Force Base that were made public on Thursday and agreed with the Pentagon that releasing the photographs was wrong."

" We must pay attention to the privacy and to the sensitvity of the families of the fallen," Mr. Duffy said. " And that's what the policy is based on and that has to be the utmost concern."

Understanding that the medias job is to get out information and release it in a timely fashion, the question we have to ask ourselves is, how far can the media go in terms of what is being released and should they have a limit as to what is being displayed? In this article, there are arguments suggesting that the media has taken their access to far. Some say that releasing coffins of dead soldiers is wrong and confidental. They also agree that the family should know about the deaths before seeing it on the 10 o'clock news. However, in the same respect, the media outlets feel like it is their duty to keep up with what is current and what is going on. So, who's right and who's wrong? It is wrong on the medias part to release pictures that aren't ready to be seen. And it is right to get full consent from the families of the soldiers that were killed.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. The public needs to know that American soldiers are being killed. Photos of flag draped coffins are powerful images of war. Respect for the families is important but images of the coffins being unloaded at the airport are not disrepectful or private. They are very public facts of the cost of war.

4/13/2008 10:18 PM  

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