For the past two weeks, visual news has been dominated by Hurricane Michael and the murder of Washington Post writer and Saudi citizen-in-exile, Jamal Khashoggi. Below are highlights of the photos and commentary we’ve published on social media on both stories.
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Eric Thayer’s photo from the morning after telegraphs how the horror is just beginning. After Hurricane Michael finally let up–a blow that seemed to come out of nowhere–the sign of daybreak also suggested a wall of flame.
With Hurricane Michael fighting to stay in the news cycle, residents of the Panhandle sent out an SOS.
Echoing images from the “Dust Bowl” or “The Great Depression,” this photo of the “Walmart Baby” or the “Child of the Storm”–born in a Panama City parking lot after Hurricane Michael–also reflects a widening schism between America’s “haves” and “have nots.”
Jamal Khashoggi was taped entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that was all. After almost two weeks of news reports accompanied by photos of the building, seeing Turkish forensic investigators working through the windows upped the ante on this international wrong. Suddenly, the ability for Riyadh to dissemble or Washington to collude became a much steeper climb.
The President has been famous for using the simplest charts, graphs and photographs. The New York Times went the same route using elementary photo-illustrations to link the Saudi Crown Prince with one of the Khashoggi hit squad suspects.
As the President came out in defense of bin Salman (and US defense dollars tied to weapons sales to the kingdom), this photo from March pretty much had it all: The fronting for the Prince; MBS’s White House free pass; the conflation of jobs, trade, and weaponry (including hardware fueling the Yemeni proxy war); the show-and-tell board; the dollar figures (well below figures Trump has been recently citing); and the lost memory of human rights.