an extended excerpt of the new book, “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush,” by Eric Boehlert. It’s a scathing critique of the media’s handling of the run up to the Iraq war. Well worth a read, particularly the parts about Judith Miller at the NYTimes.
A picture is no longer worth a thousand words. In the digital age, photographic evidence no longer means ‘proof’. The point that gets missed, however, is that it’s about time – photographs never consisted of proof of anything, have always been subject to doctoring and manipulation, and anyhow have weight far beyond their supposed “truth” or “fiction”.