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Culture Focus Photo January 15, 2010

Your Turn: Twins for Life

Sarah and Bristol Palin hit the cover of the grocery mag, in Touch Weekly as a virtual "pro-life" product placement, an endorsement of Sarah's eternal youth, another injection of motherhood cred, and also a hit back at Levi. BAGnewsNotes readers respond.

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On Certain Preachers Raising Hell

  Though Pat Robertson says the Haitians have sworn a pact with the Devil, Christ abides.

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Disaster Focus Photo January 14, 2010

Haiti Ongoing: Death Is…

Haiti: Death is a great and horrible equalizer.

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Colorful Haiti

It's only honest to say a certain percentage of disaster photos rise to the top as much for their color and their beauty.

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Haiti: The Aftermath

What speaks more to the state of a country after a devastating earthquake than the body of a woman lying unnoticed in front of the presidential palace. Photo by Frederic Dupoux/Getty Images, December 13, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Campaign '10 Photo January 13, 2010

Model Candidates

Boston.com's Scott Brown slideshow reveals how much national candidates, in our infotainment culture, are now looking straight out of Hollywood.

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Terror Focus Photo January 11, 2010

Brandon and Shafiq's Excellent Adventure

As the story goes, Brandon Neely -- a former Gitmo guard suffering from guilt and regret -- happened to look up some former prisoners on Facebook; apologies and well wishes were exchanged; and now, world peace! (And, a BBC special.)

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Media Focus Photo

Obama the Double Agent?

And what, I wonder, was going on in the mind of this illustrator, and, especially, the editors of the Times Opinion section, not to notice, let alone, head off even the possible association of Obama to the evil doers?  

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Media Focus Photo January 10, 2010

Ailes, FOX, Foxes

The other message here, whether we're talking FOX or The Times, forget about Roger Ailes, is that sex sells.

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Campaign '08 Photo

John and Elizabeth Edwards: Psycho Mutants, or Just Political Run-of-the-Mill?

The critical take-away here is to avoid vilifying or pathologizing John and Elizabeth Edwards, then walking away. The point and the opportunity, instead, (although lost on NY Mag) is to appreciate how much personality framing propagated by the handlers and perpetuated by the media makes it near impossible to...

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Media Focus Photo

Playing the Carter Card

The cheap association to Carter is as good as writing "wimp" across Obama's forehead."

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McChrystal Doing Stand Up

That McChystal really is a piece of work.

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo January 9, 2010

Beyond the Rah-Rah (For a Change)

It's actually unusual to see a media picture of a soldier and his family going to pieces before shipping out.

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Alan Chin Photo January 8, 2010

Alan Chin, Afghanistan

With America's surge underway, BAG contributor Alan Chin's photo of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan, taken in 2001, is not only a stunning image but documents the early days of a battle stretching out now almost a decade.

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Around Israel and Palestine

Call it the circle of life in the Middle East? In running two similar-looking pictures back-to-back in their photo gallery, WAPO emphasizes how, in much of the world, war is just part of daily life.

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Iraq and Afghanistan War Photo January 7, 2010

Your Daily Moment of Spin (10/7/10)

Your Daily Moment of Spin: People Magazine lustily photographs a Marine before he gets gets swept up in the military's Afghan surge.

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Obama Weatherproofed

Given how Obama has altered the rules of the game when it comes to political vs. cultural celebrity and the branding of the president, I'd say the Weatherproof ad (and they did license the AP photo) is a case of back-atcha.

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Stupak: Walking Forward in that Light?

Now, I don't know if Congressman Stupak typically dials the phone with his middle finger, but I'd otherwise say he's actually pretty conflicted about the Obama era.

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