In a rare move, AP has published the photo of a young Marine gravely
wounded in Afghanistan who later died on the operating table. The
decision to publish the picture of Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard, 21, of
New Portland, Maine has been criticized by the Pentagon and Bernard's
family; media outlets have variously published the photo or not. The
A.P.s defense of their decision is straightforward: This is what war
looks like. The original story is here; a look at media response is here.
"We feel it is our
journalistic duty to show the reality of the war, however
unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is," said Santiago Lyon, director of AP photography.