Dissent Of The Day

A reader writes:

I am a capital habeas lawyer.  I spend my days looking at crime scene videos and autopsy photos, and learning about the details of my clients' trauma-filled lives.  I have experienced some of what the secondary trauma literature refers to as "numbing"--a dampened ability to react to photos/videos/facts that would horrify most people.  But when I happened upon the photo of the dead and buried Palestinian girl, I was shocked and disturbed.

When someone in our office sends a disturbing photograph to be printed at a communal photocopier, he/she sends an email to the office warning others, who may happen upon the copy machine, that disturbing images are being printed.  I wish you would do the same for your readers.  Why not put the photo of the dead girl below the jump, and include a warning above the jump?

I appreciate the need to inform people about important events, and sometimes that information comes in the form of photographs.  But some readers, for whatever reason, may feel they cannot handle such a photo, and those people deserve a warning. I do not think I am being unreasonably alarmist when I say that you may be subjecting readers to trauma from which some will have a very difficult time recovering.

The Dish has shown deeply disturbing photos from all parts of the world - refugee children, victims of torture, victims of terrorism, bodies lined in a row from ethnic warfare in Iraq, gay boys hanging in Iran, recently a dead cattle in Mongolia. We have published Muhammed cartoons and the beheading of Nick Berg. It is my belief that readers should look at the reality of the world and face it squarely. I think too much of the MSM is too sensitive to print the news that is necessary to print.

I appreciate that some readers do not want to see these images and I am sorry if they suffer trauma from it. But it is nothing like the trauma that the parents of that child felt, whose death was partly funded by US military aid. If you do not want to see these graphic images, please stop reading the Dish.