One of the followers of the site directed me to this news story, and I was absolutely appalled. Thank You very much Aimee!
This is an absolute abomination for a number of reasons:
1. The family asked that it not be published.
2. DOD and specifically the SECDEF asked that it not be published.
AP decided to ignore all of that and move ahead with publishing the photo. By doing so, violating two requests and adding undue anguish to the family of this fallen Hero. Just imagine for a second that this was your son, daughter, husband, wife, or friend. Would you want to see those photos on the cover of newspapers around the world the day or two after you were notified they had been killed?
The AP had these comments to say:
“AP journalists document world events every day,” AP director of photography Santiago Lyon said in a small story that was part of the package. “Afghanistan is no exception. It is our journalistic duty to show the reality of the war there, however unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is.”
Sorry, but it is your journalistic duty to tell the story. Not to publish photos that capture a dying Marines last moments to be shown around the world, including to his family. You crossed the line, and you owe a huge apology to the Family, the Military, and the American People. In addition, you have caused them undue anguish and grief. You need to make reparations to the family for this and your photographers should be booted from all embedded assignments until this practice is changed.
God Bless America, Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard, and his Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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