Reporting for the Enemy

We highlight U.S. prisoner abuse because the photos aren’t too offensive to show. We downplay Saddam’s abuse precisely because it’s far worse so we can’t use the photos. And that sets the stage for remarks like Sen. Ted Kennedy’s claim that Saddam’s torture chambers have reopened under “U.S. management.” —Deborah OrinReporting for the Enemy (NY Post)

An extremely interesting argument. Two wrongs don’t make a right, so if it’s true that the US media are downplaying Saddam’s tortures and hyping the US tortures, that doesn’t make what the US did right. But it’s still fascinating to consider, in terms of a media perspective, that the US torture was just outrageous enough to get coverage (after all, these photos don’t document removing limbs or executions).