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This morning, I woke up and headed out to grab a coffee and a paper. At the coffee shop, I was assulted with front page images of the dead body of Abu Musab al Zarqawi. Actual photos of his dead and bloodied body taken to prove that we got him. They were all over the news last night too. Maybe you saw them.

This in the wake of a June 7th bill that was passed overwhelmingly to increase the maximum FCC fine for broadcast indecency.

It is "decent" to show images of a mangled corpse.

Janet Jackson's boob... that is, a regular part of a regular (living, no less) person's body flashing for a moment on television is "indecent."

Huh? Why is it better for our children (Oh won't someone think about the children!) to be shown photos of a person violently killed in war, than for them to see a "wardrobe malfunction?" What is the message? What are we teaching them? Am I just crazy here?

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Completely agree with you, Serra. The barbarism of this admin is just unspeakable. And the false piety. Ugh.

I do not want to see anyone's dead visage on my screen or my newspaper. Have some respect for humanity, period. Killing is killing is killing. Far too many people have died to satisfy the whims of monied old men, who are alive and kicking. I'd still like to see the Bush twins on the frontlines in Iraq.

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BTW,

Complain to your local newspaper or television station editor. The administration didn't force them to run it. They did it to sell advertising.

On the other hand, from a world political perspective, if Zarquaweh's isn't seen dead, the Muslim world will not believe it. It is vitally important for the good muslims of the world to know that evil is being defeated and for the extremists to know they are being crushed.

a.m.

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*biting tongue*

Read your own words Libby!!

the administration did not, and cannot force any newspaper or tv station to put this picture or anything else in the world in their product.

Editors are personally responsible for every single word, picture, drawing and advertisement in their publication.

Newspapers and TV exist for the sole reason to make money. The editors put Zarquawa's picture on there because sunflowers don't sell papers.

a.m.

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Ok,

I'll change my tack.

I completely agree with you. It is repulsive to have the photos of dead shot up men on the front page of the newspaper and plastered on every tv channel.

It's a sad commentary on the state of the world, however it doesn't change reality.

a.m.

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Newspapers and TV exist for the sole reason to make money. The editors put Zarquawa's picture on there because sunflowers don't sell papers.
And if the admin wasn't hawking their corpse photos, there would be none for the editor to proudly plaster on screen/paper. 99% of the American media outlets are in bed with the right wing. Why hasn't the admin shown photos of dead Americans on the front page/screen? How about some closeup shots of 20 yr. old Johnny's blood-drained corpse coming home from Iraq? Why did Bush stop the photography of flag-draped American coffins returning home?

It's all conservative agenda, politics, and propaganda, and it is certainly not as simple, straightforward nor as innocent as you make it out to be.

It won't surprise you to hear that I am not a Republican.

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I seem to recall a bit of outrage when the extremists were beheading people and putting videos of it on the internet. Pot, kettle.. yeah. I guess what's good for the goose is good for the gander, though. I'm pretty sure they think women's body parts are indecent too.

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Yeah...a middle eastern wardrobe malfunction is when someone accidentally sees your hair...or an ankle. And of course, instead of the FCC getting all cranky, a mob comes to your house and beheads you.

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This personally sucked ass because my 5-year-old niece got a hold of the damn paper (these kids are getting brighter and brighter)and asked "what's wrong with his head?" Her mom said that he was a bad man and that he died so he had to go live with the devil for being bad. I didn't feel like getting into it but shit I'd rather see something else with my coffee. The S.F.Chronicle bites big time(seriously)but at least I didn't have to barf before breakfast. Go L.A. Times (not)

:embarassed:

lilie

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Hi All,

Newspapers all have a "header." This is what is at the very top of the first page. It may not be the most important story, but will have a enough importance.

and then under that is "the story" with the gory photos.

OR

some newspapers will print "teasers" at the very top - usually discussing sports or entertainment.

and then "the story."

I could claim that I would buy a newspaper if it had sunflowers on it....however, i know my severe lack of concentration and wouldnt waste my money.

db

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Newspapers and TV exist for the sole reason to make money. The editors put Zarquawa's picture on there because sunflowers don't sell papers.
And if the admin wasn't hawking their corpse photos, there would be none for the editor to proudly plaster on screen/paper. 99% of the American media outlets are in bed with the right wing. Why hasn't the admin shown photos of dead Americans on the front page/screen? How about some closeup shots of 20 yr. old Johnny's blood-drained corpse coming home from Iraq? Why did Bush stop the photography of flag-draped American coffins returning home?

It's all conservative agenda, politics, and propaganda, and it is certainly not as simple, straightforward nor as innocent as you make it out to be.

It won't surprise you to hear that I am not a Republican.

Yeah, well Libby you may be surprised to know that the newspaper in mah hometown will show a flag-draped coffin PLUS it has the combo with inconsolable widow draped on top!

all on the front page of the newpaper!

YAY TULSA WORLD!

(btw, the tulsa world gets permission from the families to run the photos first AND to be at the funeral so don't fire off an angry missive. The family WANTED the world to know the pain of war.)

Death is another part of life as far as I'm concerned. It doesn't really bother me much and never has. I don't really care what they do with my body once I kick. As long as it's a sanitary thing, ya know. I don't want to be the cause of the next PLAGUE or something, that would suck ass, but I think you get the drift. Shit, for all I care they can mulch me and show my innards to world and call it Pancit. I don't care.

BTW, I'm more along the lines of an Anarchist. I don't like ANY form of government.

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