Saturday, October 01, 2005

How journalism uses photography

As ZombieTime notes, there has always been bias in the presentation of facts through the media, but with the advent of the internet, it's becoming a lot easier to spot:

...this simple analysis reveals the very subtle but insidious type of bias that occurs in the media all the time. The Chronicle did not print an inaccuracy, nor did it doctor a photograph to misrepresent the facts. Instead, the Chronicle committed the sin of omission: it told you the truth, but it didn't tell you the whole truth.

Because the whole truth -- that the girl was part of a group of naive teenagers recruited by Communist activists to wear terrorist-style bandannas and carry Palestinian flags and obscene placards -- is disturbing, and doesn't conform to the narrative that the Chronicle is trying to promote. By presenting the photo out of context, and only showing the one image that suits its purpose, the Chronicle is intentionally manipulating the reader's impression of the rally, and the rally's intent.

1 Comments:

At 10/01/2005 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather was prevented by CBS (subsidiary of Viacom) from going after...
Online Journal Contributing Writer October 1, 2005 -Former CBS News anchor Rather says CBS ... Speaking at the National Press Club on September 26, Dan Rather responded to a question posed by moderator Marvin Kalb concerning the controversial TANG files of George W. Bush.
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