Stewart: Show us photos of bin Laden's death

May 05, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

The debate over whether the U.S. should release a "death photo" of Osama bin Laden made its way to "The Daily Show" last night. 

Host Jon Stewart made a serious, yet funny, argument for the release of the photos. 

He rejected arguments that the photos are too "gruesome" or "gory" as bogus.  

"Too gory? Have you met us?" Stewart asked. "From 8 p.m. on, every show on television we watch begins with an internal tracking shot of a gaping wound above someone's left eye puiling out only to reveal half a hooker in a dumpster discovered by a child on a bicycle. You know what we call it? Prime time. ... We can take the gore. Any other reason we can't see the pictures?"

Then, Stewart turned completely serious:  

"Personally, the best reason in my mind for releasing the pictures is we've been fighting this war for 10 years, thousands of U.S. deaths, tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis have died and we've seen nearly zero photographic evidence of it," he said. "Maybe we should alway show pictures? ... We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is."  

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