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In the most every day of everyday news photos, shot illustrating story on LIBOR scandal suggests glowing terminals, fiery text scrawls, skyscrapers igniting. Like a 9/11 backstory (not to mention, a bright crimson suggestion of market meltdowns and that much frustration and anger from it.)

via: Deutsche Bank admits Libor involvement (Guardian/Business)

(photo: Michael Probst/AP caption: The Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. )

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In the most every day of everyday news photos, shot illustrating story on LIBOR scandal suggests glowing terminals, fiery text scrawls, skyscrapers igniting. Like a 9/11 backstory (not to mention, a bright crimson suggestion of market meltdowns and that much frustration and anger from it.)

via: Deutsche Bank admits Libor involvement (Guardian/Business)

(photo: Michael Probst/AP caption: The Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. )

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 White House shot offers informal poll, courtesy of Governor Christie, of Obama’s popularity with Ground Zero hard hats.
via White House Flickr
(credit:Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, greet workers during a tour of the One World Trade Center site in New York, N.Y., June 14, 2012.)
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White House shot offers informal poll, courtesy of Governor Christie, of Obama’s popularity with Ground Zero hard hats.

via White House Flickr

(credit:Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, right, greet workers during a tour of the One World Trade Center site in New York, N.Y., June 14, 2012.)

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If Rudy Giuliani is going to put forth Mitt as someone who has “been a leader in the effort to make certain that America remains safe,” consider the photo by Getty’s John Moore as something of a reality check on this photo-op marking the 1 year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing. If you’re going to exploit the terrorism issue and the 9/11 attack by posing alongside a fire vehicle emblazoned with names of deceased “first responders,” then it only makes sense to present “another side,” that — through the car window — being the skeptical faces of citizen onlookers.

More photos via Daylife

(photo: John Moore/Getty Images caption: Pedestrians watch as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media after visiting a firehouse on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Engine 24 Ladder 5, a firehouse which lost many of its firemen during the 9/11 attacks.)

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If Rudy Giuliani is going to put forth Mitt as someone who has “been a leader in the effort to make certain that America remains safe,” consider the photo by Getty’s John Moore as something of a reality check on this photo-op marking the 1 year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing. If you’re going to exploit the terrorism issue and the 9/11 attack by posing alongside a fire vehicle emblazoned with names of deceased “first responders,” then it only makes sense to present “another side,” that — through the car window — being the skeptical faces of citizen onlookers.

More photos via Daylife

(photo: John Moore/Getty Images caption: Pedestrians watch as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to the media after visiting a firehouse on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani visited Engine 24 Ladder 5, a firehouse which lost many of its firemen during the 9/11 attacks.)

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Tags #Romney    #9/11    #exploiting 9/11    #terrorism    #photo op    #news    #politics    #Getty Images    #John Moore   

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A powerful pic buried under the pile of Ground Zero 9/11 memorial photos. As opposed to the pristine images of the gorgeous memorial, and the sense we’re making things all-better, newer and bigger-than-ever, this shot of ongoing construction presents a darker, grittier side, suggesting: if we don’t absorb deeper lessons about power, social development and the plight of our workers, here’s the picture. 

From TIME 9/11 anniversary photo gallery.

(photo: ODED BALILTY / AP caption: Construction continues at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, September 8, 2011.)


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A powerful pic buried under the pile of Ground Zero 9/11 memorial photos. As opposed to the pristine images of the gorgeous memorial, and the sense we’re making things all-better, newer and bigger-than-ever, this shot of ongoing construction presents a darker, grittier side, suggesting: if we don’t absorb deeper lessons about power, social development and the plight of our workers, here’s the picture.

From TIME 9/11 anniversary photo gallery.

(photo: ODED BALILTY / AP caption: Construction continues at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, September 8, 2011.)

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Tags #Ground Zero    #9/11    #labor    #power    #politics    #photojournalism   

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The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #2: “Grief Meets Political Celebrity”

Of the 1000 or so newswire photos of the 9/11 memorial ceremony I looked at, almost every one is profoundly somber, the grief of the families searing through everything. That’s why I thought these two photos were especially unusual. I didn’t see this in the photos of Obama or Bush with the families (and I know, both personally and professionally, how transient grief is), but in these two shots, at least, it was jarring to see how, in the presence of Mrs. Clinton, she wasn’t catering to them, but rather, these 9/11 family members suddenly shifted into fans. 

Sad to think, but in 2011 America, does that count for empathy, too?

Also see:
The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #1: “Salam”
  

(photos: Pool/Getty Images caption:U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photograph prior to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2011 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania)

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The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #2: “Grief Meets Political Celebrity”

Of the 1000 or so newswire photos of the 9/11 memorial ceremony I looked at, almost every one is profoundly somber, the grief of the families searing through everything. That’s why I thought these two photos were especially unusual. I didn’t see this in the photos of Obama or Bush with the families (and I know, both personally and professionally, how transient grief is), but in these two shots, at least, it was jarring to see how, in the presence of Mrs. Clinton, she wasn’t catering to them, but rather, these 9/11 family members suddenly shifted into fans.

Sad to think, but in 2011 America, does that count for empathy, too?

Also see:

The “Most Different” News Photos from 9/11 Commemoration. #1: “Salam”

(photos: Pool/Getty Images caption:U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photograph prior to the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2011 in New York City. The nation is commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania)

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Perhaps the NYT would argue the print ads were necessary to subsidize their impressive special 9/11 section, “The Reckoning,” but the commercialization of the tragedy by way of full-page “remembrance” ads, especially by defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which profited so handsomely from the “War on Terror,” is really disturbing. 

If the Lockheed Martin ad copy is also a little ambiguous, no surprise. It reads: "September 11, 2001 changed us forever. We carry on, but our hearts will never forget."

I guess “carrying on” is another way to describe the $3 trillion dollar tab for the Iraq adventure, in particular. (For checking figures, look no further than the article in “The Reckoning” insert on the cost of 9/11.)

The Boeing ad here
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Perhaps the NYT would argue the print ads were necessary to subsidize their impressive special 9/11 section, “The Reckoning,” but the commercialization of the tragedy by way of full-page “remembrance” ads, especially by defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin and Boeing, which profited so handsomely from the “War on Terror,” is really disturbing. If the Lockheed Martin ad copy is also a little ambiguous, no surprise. It reads:
"September 11, 2001 changed us forever. We carry on, but our hearts will never forget."
I guess “carrying on” is another way to describe the $3 trillion dollar tab for the Iraq adventure, in particular. (For checking figures, look no further than the article in “The Reckoning” insert on the cost of 9/11.)

The Boeing ad here .

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Now that’s classy. Sunday Times does cover story on Trade Center jumpers. Takes “9/11 overkill” to whole new level. 

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Now that’s classy. Sunday Times does cover story on Trade Center jumpers. Takes “9/11 overkill” to whole new level.

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On one level, the only difference is geometry. But then…

(photo 1: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: An American flag hangs from a building at the World Trade Center site on August 22, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people in the attacks on the World Trade Center.photo 2: Reuters caption: An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001.)

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On one level, the only difference is geometry. But then…

(photo 1: Spencer Platt/Getty Images caption: An American flag hangs from a building at the World Trade Center site on August 22, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people in the attacks on the World Trade Center.photo 2: Reuters caption: An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, in this file photo from September 11, 2001.)

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Death of bin Ladin? The reaction of first responders? Uh, U.S. culture is celebrity culture.

(photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP-Getty Images caption: 
Actor Rob Lowe with a New York City fireman in Times Square in New York on Monday.)
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Death of bin Ladin? The reaction of first responders? Uh, U.S. culture is celebrity culture.

(photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP-Getty Images caption: Actor Rob Lowe with a New York City fireman in Times Square in New York on Monday.)

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Tags #Osama bin Laden dead    #Media    #9/11    #Rob Lowe