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Last night, ABC and NBC News interviewed Getty photographer John Moore who (along with Farooq Naeem of Agence France-Presse) took the photos I published yesterday. During the interview, they showed one of the photographs I swore mainstream media wouldn't show you (and the one the editors of the New York Times had the stones to put unedited on the front page above the fold this morning). But, did they really show you? Their still, and the original, after the jump.


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This was the photo halfway through their pan-out. It still looks pretty gory, right?

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This is John Moore's original photo, cropped to the same place. Notice something different? The bodies to the left of the man in the center are blurred in both NBC's and ABC's version, because they wanted you to know there were dead people but not to have to see them. This is my problem. I'm sure I could turn on prime time television any night of the week (when there's not a writer's strike) and see something equally if not more graphic fictionalized for my "entertainment," but when it's an actual dead person, I need to be protected from it. Of course people (and kids) don't take violence seriously and are inured to it, because entertainment violence is stylized and sanitized and the shocking horror of it is removed. Real violence is ugly and graphic and unpredictably messy and I would rather see a hundred of John Moore's photographs than another episode of CSI in which a violent act (probably against a woman) is sanitized and served up for my entertainment.

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It was bound to happen. We're now watching Republican congressmen react to Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office and saying "RUSSIA IF YOU'RE LISTENING" during an interview with George Stephanopoulos, literally inviting hostile foreign powers to attack the 2020 election for him like Russia did in 2016. And if you thought there wouldn't be at least one of them to say the quiet part loud and state for the record that crime is good if it helps Republicans win, then you haven't been paying attention to the Republican party in quite a while.

Enter GOP Rep. Chris Stewart of Utah, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, AKA the committee whose members really should know better, even the Republicans, but unfortunately they don't because A) they're idiots and B) they've been sucking at Devin Nunes's dairy cows' teats (ALLEGEDLY) for too long:

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