MRC/NB's Bozell Slams AP for Publishing Photo of Mortally Wounded Marine

<p>Reacting to the Associated Press's decision to publish -- against a grieving father's wishes -- a photo of a mortally-wounded Marine, MRC President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell blasted the news wire in a statement today: </p><blockquote><p>The Associated Press should be ashamed for even thinking something as preposterous as this. This photo will do nothing but cause great sorrow for the family of a hero. As the father of a Marine, I cannot imagine the pain they will endure because of its publication and the damage it will cause in their grief. </p><p class="MsoNormal">Way to go, AP. On the eve of the federal holiday dedicated to the American worker, you are causing pain for the family of a hero that has given the ultimate sacrifice of his life in labor for his country.</p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">The <a target="_blank" href="http://hamptonroads.com/2009/09/gates-asks-associated-press-not-use-phot... defended its decision</a> by insisting the decision came &quot;after a period of reflection&quot; and was done to convey &quot;the grimness of war and the sacrifice of young men and women fighting it.&quot; </p><p class="MsoNormal">Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also slammed the AP's decision, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26759.html">reports Mike Allen</a> of The Politico:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p>Defense Secretary <a target="_blank" href="http://topics.politico.com/index.cfm/topic/RobertGates">Robert Gates</a> is objecting “in the strongest terms” to an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/26762.html">Associated Press decision</a> to transmit a photograph showing a mortally wounded 21-year-old Marine in his final moments of life, calling the decision “appalling” and a breach of “common decency.” </p><p>The AP reported that the Marine’s father had asked – in an interview and in a follow-up phone call — that the image, taken by an embedded photographer, not be published.</p></blockquote>

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