In the course of commenting yesterday on the use of military photos to accompany U.S. press accounts of the Iraq war (Pentagon Pictures, Tall Afar Tales – link), I mentioned how the NYT was one of the few news entities with photographers in Husayba covering the large scale U.S. offensive near the Syrian border.
What I seemed to skip over at the time, however — until alerted by an astute BAG reader — was the content of Monday’s NYT image, which depicted a Marine killed in an ambush. I can’t be certain, but I’m assuming that this photo — thirty-two months and 2,000+ American deaths into the campaign — is possibly the first published image of a U.S. military fatality to appear in the MSM.
If this is true, what’s the significance? As the relationship between the press and the White House has transformed from a submissive to a more autonomous one, does this picture signal an even more defiant tone on the part of the media?
(Special thanks to John Harris)
(image: Johan Spanner/Polaris for The New York Times. November 7, 2005. Husayba, Iraq. The New York Times, p. A8)