Get the Picture...Or Not

by Melissa Brunner

For now, President Obama has said the U.S. will not release the photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body. "We don't need to spike the football," is how he put it.

Two items to point out: none of the photos or videos circulating the internet has been verified as authentic, so if you think you've seen it, you probably haven't; also, from what we're hearing, the real photos are gruesome.

That being said, what do you think of the decision? Do you NEED to see the photos or believe you should at least have the choice to see them? Or do you feel it's perfectly within the government's rights to keep those photos from public view?

I can tell you that even their potential release has sparked discussions in newsrooms about how much we would put on the air. It's not unlike a murder trial, where prosecutors often display large images of the victim and his or her wounds - what is too graphic to put on the air? And, if you do, how much and what sort of warning do you give viewers that such images are about to appear?


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