On the ‘Silver Lining’ of Coffin Photos

Media reporter DeWayne Wickham sees (USA Today, 3/3/09) the new Pentagon rules allowing photography of U.S. casualty coffins as “just the silver lining” around the dark cloud of a fact that “our free press is still being stage-managed by those who run the wars.” That the new regulations permit photos only “if the family of the war dead give permission” has Wickham acknowledging that “this will be a gut-wrenching decision for some families. But news organizations shouldn’t let such a policy–or the family’s wishes–dictate how they cover war news”: This month marks the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war. Nearly […]