sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

October 11, 2011

The Evil and the Innocence

Filed under: journalism, parenting, politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 1:41 pm

Yesterday I ran into a fawning story about Occupy Wall Street illustrated with the following Getty image:

Occupy Wall Street anti-Semitism

Zuccotti Park, NYC.

So here we have a wide lens shot of a metro mother and child, presumably there for the protest, some barely legible yellow sign liking capital punishment to lynching in the middle.  In the upper left corner and most in focus is another sign decrying… hmmm… perhaps the involvement of American corporations, like Ford, in the Holocaust?  The viewer suspects that the man carrying the board wants to make a point about the evils of capitalism.  The photographer obviously went thought great length to get both the poster comparing Wall St. to Hitler and the mother looking attentively at her baby in a single frame.

What was the role of the Getty photographer who snapped this picture?  The reader expects some sort of journalistic responsibility; that he arrived on the scene, checked out what was going on, perhaps talked to the man with the sign he photographed.  He made sure that while that man might not represent the best and the brightest of the Occupy, he’s ostensibly not a bad person.  At least the photographer knows what that man is trying to express. Perhaps there was a lot of parents with young children at the Park, so it would be appropriate to include one of them in the picture to convey the atmosphere of the event.  Yeah, right.

The more likely scenario is that the photographer arrived to Zuccotti Park to advance a narrative.  He saw the mother and the child and seized the opportunity to sentimentalize the protest.  I hope the photographer didn’t talk to the man with the Hitler sign because it turns out, he’s a raving time anti-Semite.

Surrounded by other anti-Semites and all sorts of indifferent people.

What Getti photographer documented is an innocent babe thrust into an evil world.



  1. I hate it when kids are used as tools of propaganda. Why someone would ever bring a child into a huge crowd like that is beyond me. What if the mob turned ugly?

    Another Lefty Tool.

    Comment by Harrison — October 11, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    • I know some people took babies to Tea Parties. I think it’s a somewhat different situation because the crowd is older and known to be mellow.
      Something is seriously wrong with this woman if she took her young son to the smelly park which gets nuttier by the hour. Of course, there are two nutty signs in the picture, at least one of them is racist. Is that how she wants to remember her son’s first years?

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 12, 2011 @ 8:25 am

  2. Even though I live in Manhattan I haven’t gone down to the “Occupation” yet. Why?

    1. I have a job.

    2. These freaks turn my stomach and I don’t want to be arrested for punching one of them.

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — October 12, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    • The man who got into a shout out with the anti-Semite with the Hitler sign was probably there just to take a look, but couldn’t take it. They are despicable.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — October 12, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  3. that photo is such a perfect example of emotional manipulation. feh.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — October 12, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

  4. […] baby photographed against the background of two lunatic statements, at least one of them held by a racist. I wrote about this photo […]

    Pingback by Occupy Parenting « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — October 18, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  5. […] I take an issue with characterization of Occupy anti-Semitism as a fringe phenomena.  First, the Occupy movement is so small and incoherent it’s fringe only.  To be sure the guy with bad teeth and “Hitler’s Bankers” banner is no commie.  But the far left parents who bring their kids to Zuccotti Park don’t mind them photographed in front of that sign, and friendly photographers go out of the way to snap that shot, and Huffington Post approvingly features the picture on its pages.  I wrote about that one before. […]

    Pingback by Some Watchdogs « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — October 20, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

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