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One for you Penguin lovers out there..... Robotic Space Penguin to hop across the Moon (NewScientist.com; Wednesday 31st August 2005)

Also from a friends LJ, something he found on Yahoo news regarding the New Orleans flood....

When white people are hungry, they find food:

"Two residents wade through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local grocery store"

But when black people are hungry, they loot:

"A young man walks through chest deep flood water after looting a grocery store in New Orleans"


Sep. 1st, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)

Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography, told Salon that all
captions are vetted by editors and are the result of a dialogue
between editor and photographer. Lyon said AP's policy is that each
photographer can describe only what he or she actually sees. He added,
"When we see people go into businesses and come out with goods, we
call it 'looting.'" On the other hand, he said, "When we just see them
carrying things down the road, we call it 'carrying items.'"

Regarding the AFP/Getty "finding" photo by Graythen, Getty spokeswoman
Bridget Russel said, "This is obviously a big tragedy down there, so
we're being careful with how we credit these photos." Russel said that
Graythen had discussed the image in question with his editor and that
if Graythen didn't witness the two people in the image in the act of
looting, then he couldn't say they were looting.

But if he didn't witness an act of looting, how did Graythen determine
where the items came from, or if they were "found"? "I wish I could
tell you," Russel said. "I haven't been able to talk to Chris."

"The only thing I can tell you is they don't assume one way or
another," she added.

Yahoo News published another photo Tuesday of a looting scene that
caught bloggers' attention. This one, by AP photographer Bill Feig,
shows a white man walking away from a looted convenience store,
looking in a grocery bag, while a black man jumps out of the store's
broken front window. The caption reads, "As one person looks through
their shopping bag, left, another jumps through a broken window, while leaving a convenience store ... in Metairie, La." According to the caption, Feig shot the image while on a helicopter tour of Louisiana with Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

"I think it's fair to say that he described what he saw ... which is
somebody going through their bag," Stokes said, affirming that Feig
must not have seen the man with the grocery bag actually leaving the
looted store.

Both Stokes and Russel said their photographers would be unable to
comment further on the images for now, because of the chaos and poor
communications conditions prevailing in New Orleans and the
surrounding region.

The stakes remain high in the aftermath of this disaster, says
Pazzanese. "Seems to me the national 'crisis mode' coverage of Katrin in a predominantly black, poor part of the country presents a number of professional challenges for everyone in the media around the subject of racial and economic sensitivity," she wrote on Romenesko. "Perhaps these photos will stimulate a media 'gut check' as we race to tell the stories of the thousands who lost their lives and livelihoods."

Sep. 1st, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
Excellent analysis there. Thanks for that.

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