Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Media’s self-importance never dies
An Associated Press photographer died. He was the fellow who took the picture of a fully armed paramilitary immigration enforcement officer taking a screaming child of six by force who was hiding with an adult in a closet, as the Clinton administration had no compunction about separating a Legal Immigrant from his family on American soil.
The Associated Press ran a 749-word obituary on the photographer, Alan Diaz. It was an interesting story — AP hired him after he took the SWAT team-crying kid photo.
But the story was a bit much, and a reminder of the media’s overblown sense of importance. The word iconic appeared four times.
Which brings me to a story I read about Melvin Garten, a real hero. His death brought no AP obituary because he never got a byline:
Toby Harnden, the Times of London…
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