power of the image

Today’s Maureen Dowd column resonates across two case studies:  the power of the image (el mozote case) and the pivotal moment of decency (mccarthy case).  The photographic image (this one by the photographer Platon) can have an impact beyond any word story, as indicated in Colin Powell’s reference to a moving New Yorker photo of a Muslim American soldier’s gravestone and mother, and image that led him to finally make his decision.  Dowd likens Powell’s appearance and articulation of the spirit of tolerance to the famous quote by Joseph Welsh in the McCarthy Army hearings:  “…have you no sense of decency sir, at long last.”

One Response to “power of the image”

  1. Madison Says:

    I always thought it was a great failure of the press to publish stories stating the truth about Obama’s religion (that is he isn’t a Muslim) without adding anything about the fact that it is in no way bad or incriminating to be a Muslim! I think the press dropped a ball a little on that one, and I was really happy to hear Powell talk about that issue.

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