September 5, 2005

Who's a Looter? In Storm's Aftermath, Pictures Kick Up a Different Kind of Tempest - New York Times


Interesting story. The kicker is that I saw to top photo- the one of the "looter" used in an add for the Red Cross. Is the Red Cross supporting looting? Was he a looter?

Who's a Looter? In Storm's Aftermath, Pictures Kick Up a Different Kind of Tempest - New York Times: "Two news photographs ricocheted through the Internet last week and set off a debate about race and the news media in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The first photo, taken by Dave Martin, an Associated Press photographer in New Orleans, shows a young black man wading through water that has risen to his chest. He is clutching a case of soda and pulling a floating bag. The caption provided by The A.P. says he has just been "looting a grocery store."

The second photo, also from New Orleans, was taken by Chris Graythen for Getty Images and distributed by Agence France-Presse. It shows a white couple up to their chests in the same murky water. The woman is holding some bags of food. This caption says they are shown "after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store."

Both photos turned up Tuesday on Yahoo News, which posts automatic feeds of articles and photos from wire services. Soon after, a user of the photo-sharing site Flickr juxtaposed the images and captions on a single page, which attracted links from many blogs. The left-leaning blog Daily Kos linked to the page with the comment, "It's not looting if you're white.""

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