The Objective Image – Is There Such A Thing?

When it comes top journalism, facts are not just facts. A case in point – Americans are fascinated by pictures of the war, yet, “difficult” images of the war – dead bodies, for example – aren’t being shown, as they are elsewhere. “At issue are several questions central to reporting and consuming news in the era of 24-hour television coverage and the burgeoning independent news media on the World Wide Web: Are images facts or illustrations? If a fact is ugly, should it be kept at a distance from readers and viewers? And what do news organizations do with the simple fact that there is both an eager appetite for, and a sincere disgust with, graphic images?”