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10-30-11, 11:09 AM #1
Washington Post defends publication of photo of a police officer petting a cat in coverage of Oakland protestsNews outlets and demonstrators alike chronicled the violence that erupted between police and Occupy Wall Street protesters in Oakland on Tuesday night. As a result, news consumers saw plenty of dramatic, teargas-filled images and video beamed, streamed and broadcast across virtually all media platforms.
And that's why many readers were puzzled by the Washington Post's selection of a photo showing an Oakland police officer petting a kitten to illustrate a story on the protests. The photo, shot by the Associated Press' Ben Margot, ran in Wednesday's print edition on page A3 above a story entitled, "Protesters Wearing Out Their Welcome Nationwide."
Carol McKay, the Post's photo editor, later explained her rationale: When I was looking at the Tuesday wire service photographs from the Oakland City Hall grounds, the violent protest images were not in the mix because that confrontation had not yet occurred.
10-30-11, 02:13 PM #2
I like it. Most papers would try to paint cops as the big bad bullies, and the protesters as abused people just trying to get their voices heard. *indelicate snort* I know if a bunch of people camped out on my lawn, bitching about how unfair life is, I'd call their parents to come pick them up and request that they repeat the 5th grade. Life isn't fair. Period.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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10-30-11, 02:33 PM #3The Reason People Hate Cops & Causer of WarSupporting Member Lvl 2
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The Post used a somewhat flattering photo of a cop?! That's generally headline news all by itself...Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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It's the Post, go figure.
10-30-11, 06:32 PM #6
That's a great picture -- it's just ridiculous that the Post would have to defend it.Arm the sheep!
10-30-11, 09:20 PM #7
It's a great picture. Not only does it show what just about all of us would do but it shows the mess and squalar that the protesters have created in the background.'Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a
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10-30-11, 09:39 PM #8
I'm surprised that cop isn't being written up for stopping to pet a cat while on the clock. I'm sure if this was NY, and she was playing football with some kids, it'd be a different story.The views expressed in the above post are the sole opinion of the author and do not reflect any official position by the author's employer and/or municipality.
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