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This young man was pulled over while riding in a pick up truck in Arkansas. He was searched twice and handcuffed behind his back according to police. He was placed in the back seat of the police car. Then, according to police, he managed to take out a secret gun and shot himself in the right temple. He was, by the way, left-handed. Police are calling it suicide.
Chavis Carter had an outstanding warrant for a marijuana offense in another state and there was marijuana found in the pickup truck in which he was a passenger.
The only factual analysis I can jump to is that it is impossible to shoot yourself in the head while handcuffed behind your back and after police searched you twice for a weapon.
What is significant about this visually?
First off, CNN’s caption openly contradicts the police version. “Killed” suggests someone besides himself killed him. Second, the photo accompanying the story (presumably released by the family and unrelated) prompts and suggests that Carter was okay in the back of a/the car.
More via the grio.
Visit BagNewsNotes: Today’s Media Images Analyzed
I wanted to share this feature from CBS News last night. It’s an interactive graphic that, as you can read from the title, offers: “Some of the latest headlines from the Occupy Wall Street movement protests.” When you roll-over each box, you get text which summarizes “the latest” from each locale.
From California, it’s murder.
From Oregon, the only way to keep the animals out is with barbed wire while officials “tidy up” a bit.
Occupy Vermont makes you want to kill yourself.
Norfolk: Apparently, not taking taking “no” for an answer.
Now, I know that Occupy had a tough week last week, but it’s no coincidence that a nationwide crackdown is underway with big media only too happy to focus on police action as if Occupy brought it upon itself, or to characterize the movement itself as either trouble or inherently violent (with the exception of the hippy-looking guy making a sign). Fact of the matter, however, is that the Vermont event was largely incidental, and the allusion to violence in the Oregon and Virginia panels have as much to do with state aggression and forced removal as anything else.
Bag’s Take-Away:Have you noticed how substantially photos of (and phrases on) posters are now contributing to the political narrative? With DC in gridlock — and “spin lock” — and the media largely consumed with beltway talking points, photojournalism represents an open window. Case in point: a “one shot” street poll on the Jobs Act (and a rebuttal to the legislation’s blunt kicking aside on Tuesday).
(photo: Tony Dejak/AP caption: Anne Caruso, a retired kindergarden teacher, protests Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, in Cleveland.)
Bag’s Take-Away:What’s really knocking me out (and, from the beginning convinced me that Occupy Wall Street was going to gain traction) is the unique and daily creative and poignant mixing of metaphors and cultural symbolism. The photographer, Steven Boling, passed this along today from his website. This photo resonates in so many different directions, not just deepening how we relate to the word “occupy,” but also communicating how broadly the action is touching people, young and old, patriotic and anarchistic, vet and civilian. Of course, it’s also powerfully anti-war, as much from a moral standpoint as an economic one.
(photo: Steven Boling caption: Foley Square, Oct. 5, 2011, NYC.)
I’ve got some questions about last night’s Reagan Library
mano-a-manothrough> GOP debate
1. Did the candidates draw straws for their position on stage?
2. Did the candidates draw straws to see who got questioned in what order?
3. How much did NBC have to do with Romney and Perry being situated dead center, side-by-side?
4. Did anyone in corporate media have a problem with the fact that the initial questions were directed at Perry and Romney (“cause you’re the new guy,” Brian Williams said to Perry … last come, first served, right?), and that the first couple minutes might as well, from the camera angle and every other angle, be solely a debate with extended rebuttal, between Romney and Perry?
5. Did anyone in corporate media have a problem with how much this morning’s NYT cover photo and headline reinforces and drives home the fact, before a primary vote has been cast, that the GOP contest is now a two-man race?
From my reader, Tom, in Greece (clearly with an eye to the aesthetics): “There is so much contrast — color, clothing, posture — and the other photographer looks great.” From my end (though I do love the photog’s custom riot helmet), I see: hippy punching goes international.
(photo: AP via Spiegel Online)