Comments: Goodbye, Joe

AND, it wasn't staged!

Posted by Redhand at August 21, 2006 07:26 AM

How, exactly, did you get that Redhand? Too much friction?

The war in the Pacific was not staged. Millions of lives lost in WWII to protect your sorry @$$ were not staged.

Posted by Retired Spy at August 21, 2006 08:50 AM

Spy - Redhand was referring to the contemporary allegations that Rosenthal had posed the picture. He didn't. There is separate film footage showing that the event wasn't posed.

Posted by SouthernRoots at August 21, 2006 09:17 AM

I don't know how many times I've seen that photo fo some of our finest, and it still gets to me every time...I must be getting old.

Posted by BobG at August 21, 2006 10:11 AM

Need more coffee; I seem to be breaking out in typos...

Posted by BobG at August 21, 2006 10:11 AM

Reading "Flags of Our Fathers" by James Bradley should clear up any confusion over Rosenthal's photograph. It also tells a sad, but good story.

Posted by SouthernRoots at August 21, 2006 02:51 PM

and, as this usually comes up in these discussions, the 'Moment of Death' picture taken by Capa during the Spanish Civil War was not staged either.

There was some 70's era discussion that the photo had to be staged based on a bunch of assumptions that didn't pan out. National Geographic (I think) ran a five page series in that documented case that the photo was legit.

The guys at SadlyNo!: Lively intellects unburdened by facts, experience, or reality.

Posted by BumperStickerist at August 21, 2006 04:02 PM

To be fair, the SadlyNo crowd say that their point was not that the Iwo Jima photo was staged, but that this was an example of a spurious allegation that, once made, has a tendency to stick around - even years later.

Perhaps that is true, but the rumours about Rosenthal were based on a misunderstanding and no other evidence. The speculation about staged photos in Lebanon is based on significant evidence that, while open to interpretation, is perfectly open to inquiry. I, for one, am more than convinced of widespread manipulation.

To my mind the SadlyNo post is unreasonably belittling the evidence concerning the modern scandal, but I think it is unfair to accuse them of intentionally maligning Rosenthal.

Posted by Trapdoc at August 21, 2006 06:15 PM