“The News” photo this week was taken by Sergio Flores for The Washington Post. At a makeshift detention center in El Paso, a surge of asylum seekers has been overwhelming Border Patrol and the U.S. immigration infrastructure. In this frame, we see how a news photograph can present many messages at once. The government and Democrats would agree it shows a humanitarian crisis. But it’s one that the government has designed.
For “The Look,” we discuss an image by Cliff Owen for the Associated Press. This photograph of Special Council Mueller in front of the White House, after leaving church, was taken a day after his report was delivered to Attorney General William Barr. After a careful and meticulous investigation, that awkward look at the camera is the perfect compliment after the government engineered a four page summary of his 300 page report, and the White House declared itself vindicated.
“The Pick” this week features an image of Benjamin Netanyahu. It was taken by Kevin Lamarque for Reuters. The photograph shows the Israeli Prime Minster’s image transitioning on a screen while addressing the AIPAC conference in Washington. Our reading is informed by his multiple pending corruption indictments and Netanyahu’s alliance with a far right party with neo-Fascist ties. Morphing like this bringing to mind “The Great and Powerful Oz”, while the red tie and white shirt favored by Donald Trump evokes a totalitarian uniform.
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