I always enjoy getting e-mails from readers, but every now and then, one of y'all put things in a way that I couldn't even hope to improve upon. Here's one such e-mail, courtesy Erik W., who has written to point out one of my personal pet peeves—Articles that discuss a positive aspect of any given issue, that are packed with photographs that illustrate said issue in the negative:
In Yahoo!'s defence, I will say that there's a good chance that the photograph in question was automatically selected from the Yahoo! Iraq Photos slideshow, which is itself an automatically-generated collection of pictures from a collection of news photo wires. (It's not unusual to see stories about the other Lebanon in the Lebanon Photos group, for example.) That's not to say that this type of bias doesn't happen in the non-automated portion of the news world, though.
Notice the photo following the headline. Caption: "An injured Iraqi girl is treated by medics from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment at..."
If they were more honest with themselves they'd just say, "More people think the war is making progress. In related news, more people are wrong." Or possibly, "More people think the war is making progress. However, this poor, innocent Iraqi girl ruthlessly mutilated by the crusaders would beg to differ."
I know, I know, examples of bias like this are a dime a dozen... For some reason this one really angered me, though, and I had to let someone know, if you know what I mean.
Also, congrats on the finals, you lucky bastard. My last one is on Thursday.