Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Lebanon’s Agony: What’s Missing From the Media

Within hours of the launch of the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon, the photos of dead Lebanese raced across the Internet. Shot by AP photographers and released by Hanady Salman of the As- Safir newspaper in Beirut, they are heart wrenching and stomach churning. Children’s blackened bodies lie in the wreckage of a burned-out jeep (see centerfold). A man with a blossom of blood running down his face staggers out of rubble. An eight-year-old girl is roughly lifted up by her ankles, her lifeless head hanging limply and her small mouth partially open.

The Western press, of course, largely ignored these photographs – a few of the less-graphic photos released by Salman were used in Newsweek, the New York Times and the New York Post. The mainstream media preferred instead to focus on the damaged buildings, action shots of the Israeli military or shrouded bodies of the dead.

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