Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 02, 2004

Gruesome photo gave no respect to Iraq victims

Please let me express my disappointment in The Sun's callous choice of a front-page photo on Thursday ("On grisly day, 9 U.S. lives lost," April 1).

While the facts of the matter are not in dispute, The Sun has chosen to sensationalize the event at the expense of the family members of the dead.

As a career Army officer who has taken an oath to support and defend the Constitution, I strongly support the idea of a free press. But I ask that The Sun re-evaluate its concept of decency in reporting.

The impact of photos such as this one is horrific to family members and associates. I know this firsthand, having lost a good friend and next-door neighbor in Somalia.

While I will never question the right of the press to tell a story or express any particular view, I ask that your paper do it with a sense of appropriateness given the magnitude of the circumstances.

David W. Grob

Woodbridge, Va.

I can't believe The Sun would show the picture of the corpses of our sons, brothers, fathers, etc., on the front page of Thursday's paper.

I felt saddened just looking at the picture, and I can't imagine the pain I would have felt had one of the dead been a loved one of mine.

Kay F. White

Baltimore

The front-page picture on Thursday's paper exhibited poor taste. The "charred corpses" are really somebody's loved ones.

I find The Sun's insensitivity reprehensible.

Maggie Potito

Mt. Airy

The Sun has surpassed its previous low point in using the pictures of charred corpses in today's paper.

This may be the most thoughtless act I have ever witnessed.

Mario DeAngelo

Freeland

Sensationalizing war in shameful fashion

Someone at The Sun made the decision to publish a front-page photo of murdered Americans hanging from a bridge ("On grisly day, 9 U.S. lives lost," April 1).

The adjectives that cross my mind as I contemplate this decision are as graphic as the photo and are unacceptable for a family newspaper.

One hopes The Sun has now reached its nadir in poor decision-making; surely its efforts to sensationalize the news at others' incalculable expense cannot get any worse.

Mary Maynes Patz

Severna Park

I am personally disgusted by The Sun's decision to run the picture of the charred human remains of those poor souls so brutally murdered in Iraq.

It showed no compassion for their relatives. And what was The Sun's intent? To do harm to those families? To sell newspapers by using tabloid techniques? To once again use The Sun as a vehicle to advance a political agenda?

Regardless of the reason, shame on you.

Mark D. Mourges

Cockeysville

The war is wrong, but so was photo

I was appalled that The Sun was so insensitive to the families of the victims in Iraq that it would publish the picture of their mutilated corpses on the front page ("On grisly day, 9 U.S. lives lost," April 1).

Of course, we need to know about such atrocious crimes, and I can only hope it leads to a more rapid end to this misguided and inappropriate war.

But showing that picture went beyond the bounds of human decency.

Margot Watson

Columbia

Doing the work of the terrorists?

To publish such an outrageous photo on the front page is unconscionable.

This was clearly a politically motivated decision intended to outrage the public against the war on terrorism ("On grisly day, 9 U.S. lives lost," April 1).

The war on terrorism is going to be a long hard fight. There are no front lines. The capture and killing of one individual is not going to solve this problem.

The reason for the war is simple. We have to bring the fight to the terrorists so that they don't bring it to us.

Don't you think that terrorists commit such terrible acts in part so that puppets like those at The Sun will publish the pictures?

In essence, The Sun did exactly what the terrorists wanted.

Dennis Biennas

Woodbine

Sun owes families, readers an apology

It must be said that the actions of the Iraqi mob in Fallujah are deplorable. I have confidence that our military and those Iraqis working to build a better Iraq will bring those responsible for such an outrageous act to justice. My prayers go out to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in this barbaric attack ("On grisly day, 9 U.S. lives lost," April 1).

However, by publishing the picture of mutilated American bodies, The Sun has reached an unprecedented low. Publishing the picture is disrespectful to the families of the dead. The Sun owes the families of those killed a public apology.

Additionally, The Sun seems to forget that the picture on its front page is unavoidably visible to all. How many children bring their parents the newspaper in the morning? How many children walk past a news stand on their way to school?

How many adults have made the decision not to look at the pictures on the Internet or television, but were forced to look at a picture of mutilated American bodies when they looked at the front page of the paper over breakfast?

The Sun also owes its readers a public apology.

Skip Cornbrooks

Baltimore

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