Saturday, August 26, 2006
In an extraordinary act of national media self-censorship, several days after the photograph appeared, it vanished. Papers across the US defended themselves against charges of invading a dying man’s privacy and turning tragedy into pornography. The photograph became impermissible. There was a deeply held belief the deaths of the jumpers weren’t proper, indeed that they were cowardly. The images that came to symbolise the day were of helmeted heroic rescuers working in the rubble and the jumpers disappeared to the shameful websites that traffic in autopsy photos and videotapes of executions.
Weren’t proper? Cowardly?
UPDATE. Evil Pundit notes: “I have never seen anyone, anywhere, suggesting that the jumpers were cowardly. Not even the lefties I read.” Same here.
UPDATE II. Texasred:
I cannot see those photographs without crying, even today. I sat in front of the television and wept and prayed on the day it happened. And along with the tears came, and still comes, instantaneous fury at the twisted bastards who murdered so many innocents, and who forced such a horrendous choice on those who knew they were going to die and so chose to end it on their own terms.
UPDATE III. Geoff:
I don’t know much about patriotism and all that stuff. I’m getting on a bit now and I’ve seen a lot in this world that makes me question some of these basic concepts of my youth.
But I can sure tell you one thing. I know a stinking filthy bunch of worthless cowardly murderers when I see them.