How to Handle Photos of Flag-Draped Coffins
From: Al Tompkins, Poynter.org
Flag-draped coffins arrive from Iraq and Afghanistan every week — mostly out of public sight. While the Bush administration banned photographs of the arrival ceremonies, the Obama administration is now considering lifting the ban.
This raises several important questions for journalists: What should our response be if the ban is lifted? How would we explain the importance of the photographs to the public? How will we buffer the inevitable charges of voyeurism and even, I am sure, anti-patriotism?