I was one of many readers who expressed outrage at The Post’s prominent, front-page display of a photo whose caption blamed Israel for the tragic death of a Palestinian child in the November hostilities between Israel and Hamas. While it is commendable that The Post has now admitted its error [“When photo tells wrong story,” Style, March 13] in placing blame for a sad event without proof, this does not excuse its original poor judgment.
If, as The Post reported, the “fog of war” is a continuing problem, then why was it so quick to publish such a large photograph that promoted an incorrect and hurtful conclusion?
Sadly, as the last paragraph in the article points out, despite the facts, the “Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights” continues to blame Israel. I would hope, given the volatility and complexity of the situation in the Middle East, that The Post will be more careful about what it publishes. In this case, it’s too late. The damage has already been done.
Michael F. Shibley,
The Post’s March 13 coverage of the United Nations’ investigation into events that led to the photo of a father cradling the shrouded body of his son clearly showed an anti-Israeli bias.
I fail to understand why an article on the investigation [Style] stated, “Israel was not directly responsible for the child’s death.” Why include the phrase “directly responsible”?
An Editor’s Note about the photo said, “[T]he United Nations has now cast doubt on that interpretation.” It has done more than “cast doubt.” The investigation’s report stated that the child in the photo was “likely killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.”
I was disappointed to see the article “When photo tells wrong story” placed in the Style section. The Post originally published the picture of the father holding his dead child on the front page of its Nov. 15 editions. The truth that the child was killed probably by a Palestinian rocket should have been as prominently featured.
Marcel Hodak, Silver Spring
A picture of a grieving father holding his dead son elicits neither sympathy nor compassion but rather a competition to see who can score the most public relations points. If only this were a nightmare from which I could awaken.
Howard Kaplan, Chevy Chase