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Distortion of Reality? : "Punk for Peace" photograph draws fire
|Title||Distortion of Reality? : "Punk for Peace" photograph draws fire|
|Publication Type||Case Study|
|Year of Publication||1991|
When the Ssacramento Bee showed its choice of photograph to accompany a story about a peaceful anti-war demonstration, some readers claim that they were showing their pro-war bias. On January 19, 1991, several hundred people in Sacramento took part in a peaceful demonstration. Though the story noted that the protest was peopled by many middle-class attorney, social workers, etce, the Sacramento Bee showed the picture of a a young man wearing a "Punk for Peace" shirt who had decorated his face like a death mask with bullets and cartridges. Critics said the picture misrepresented the reality of the event to the newspaper's readers.
FineLine: The Newsletter On Journalism Ethics, vol. 3, no. 3 (March 1991), p. 3.
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