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April 15, 2018

Chatting the Pictures: Zuckerberg Troll Army, Syria Gas Attack, Michael Cohen “and Friends.”

Welcome to our latest edition of Chatting the Pictures. Streamed weekly over the web, RTP’s Michael Shaw and Cara Finnegan meet up Saturday mornings for twenty-five minutes or so for a lively chat about three current news photos. This week, Michael and Cara discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s DC appearance, the Syria gas attack, and Michael Cohen “and friends.”
The Zuckerberg cut-outs on the Capitol lawn drew increasing attention over the week the Facebook CEO was in Washington testifying before Congress about fake ads and the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The photo of the boy and girl became the media’s signature image for the Syrian government’s gas attack in Douma. The last photo deals with Donald Trump’s lawyer skipping his court hearing in favor of hanging out publicly with some friends. The shots, suggestive of Cohen’s shady nature, went wild on social media.
(Photos: Michael Robinson Chavez/Washington Post, Syrian White Helmets via AP, and Barry Williams for Daily Mail.)


Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post. Caption: April 10, 2018 Printed Zuckerberg stand in the shadow of the Capitol.

Photo: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets/AP Caption: This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria. 

Photo: Barry Williams/Daily Mail Caption: Awkward? One of Cohen’s pals was carrying a copy of the New York Post, which featured a front page story about the lawyer’s client Donald Trump, and former FBI Director James Comey.

  • Panelists
  • Michael Shaw An analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics, photojournalism and media literacy, Michael is the founder and publisher of Reading the Pictures.
  • Cara Finnegan Communication Professor, University of Illinois. Author of Making Photography Matter: A Viewer's History from the Civil War to the Great Depression and Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs. Moderator, Reading the Pictures Salon.

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