The NYTimes on displaying disturbing video and/or pictures

Posted by: ST on January 1, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Dan Riehl has done some digging and points out what looks like a double standard from the New York Times on displaying disturbing video and/or pictures.

In this article, the NYT almost seems to be chiding news outlets and blogs who linked up to or broadcast/printed video and/or images from Saddam’s execution that included the moment of the actual hanging. As Dan notes, and as a simple Google search will show, the NYT hasn’t been shy in the past about advocating the showing of what some would call disturbing images in the name of ‘truth’ and ‘journalism’, but for some reason they don’t take the same view of the Hussein execution. Strange.

I chose not to link up to the video here not because I found it disturbing, but because I take no great thrill in the death penalty, even though I support it. I consider when it happens justice served, nothing to celebrate, but rather something to feel a sense of relief and justice from. If the NYT doesn’t want to show those final images, that’s their right, of course – I just wonder at what appears to be a double standard on their part, that’s all.

Related: See Bob Owens’ take on the broadcasting of the full video of Saddam’s execution.

Update: It was only a matter of time: Speaking of Saddam’s execution, check out this Associated Press piece that quotes a military nurse at length who recalls Saddam’s “softer” side. :-? (Hat tip: LGF)

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  • 4 Responses to “The NYTimes on displaying disturbing video and/or pictures”


    1. Lorica says:

      Ohhhh and what next he wrote a children’s book while he was in captivity?? Maybe volunteered at the local homeless center on his weekends off. He was a changed man. Good Lord are these people dense. I don’t celebrate this dictator’s death either, but I am not un-happy this deed is done. – Lorica

    2. NC Cop says:

      Now the press is playing up the “He took all of his secrets to the grave” aspect. Like Saddam would be willing to tell investigators all of the things he did while he was president. Just another way of attacking Bush and the war itself.

      Hell, they’ve been waiting on the 3,000th dead soldier in Iraq as if it were the ball dropping in Times Square.

    3. stackja says:

      ST “double standard from the New York Times
      I am shocked!:d