A while back the news was flooded with stories of David Carradine’s death in Thailand. The cause, the family’s grief, the ongoing investigation – the whole nine yards associated with any death. One article in particular stuck out. After a prominent Thai newspaper released photos of the Carradine’s body, there were outcries of insensitivity. How insensitive of the Thai media to publish those photos without any respect to the deceased’s family grief!
Yesterday the news focus story was on the drug cartel crisis in Mexico and how it affects American and Canadians. There have been numerous killings – eight alone yesterday – some execution style: crucification, beheadings, hangings.
How do I know this? Because I seen it. A crucified man, with a grotesque mask over his head. Another, hung by his neck off a bridge. Bodies, uncovered, strewn on the pavement. Clips of family members grieving.
I wonder if the Canadian journalists asked the grieving family members whether or not they could broadcast those photos first? And, if these were shown in America, did they ask permission?
Or do Mexicans not have the same feelings and reactions North Americans do?
Anybody would deny that. So, this begs the question: why is there a violent reaction to publishing the photos of a dead American celebrity, but not countless photos of murdered Mexican men? Why is showing photos of mutilated Mexican bodies bagging a hard hitting story, but the dead body of an American celebrity insensitivity?
This is not an isolated example. How many dead bodies do we see on the news? Both at home and abroad. If someone has a bone to pick with the media over its insensitivity, they should realize this is not a Thai problem. It’s the MO of media all over the globe… and people should look no further than their own backyards. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Ghandi.