It is horrific that they would risk a child's life by forcing him so close to an unexploded but still very much "live" bomb.
When Um Ali Mihdi returned to her home in the southern Lebanese city of
Bint Jbeil two days ago, she found a 1,000lb (450kg) Israeli bomb lying
unexploded in her living room.
The shell is huge, bigger than the young boy pushed forward to
stand reluctantly next to it while we get our cameras out and record
the scene for posterity.
The bomb came through the roof of the single-storey house and half-embedded itself into the floor, just missing the TV.
"Reluctantly" is correct. The Lebanese boy, wearing a blue tank top
and jeans that hang on his thin frame, is visably leaning away from the
unexploded ordinance, hands in pockets. That someone pushed him forward
to be in such a picture, and that the BCC was willing to capitalize on
this obvious bit of propaganda staging, going so far to admit it
openly, is reprehensible.
This is an admittedly staged photo by an ostensibly professional and
once-respected news organization. Martin Asser and any other BBC staff
complicit in this event should be fired, without question.
Much to my disgust, the suicide of photojournalism continues at an every more dizzying pace.
Cross-posted at Confederate Yankee.