Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Working with photos

The Portland, Maine, Muslims (AP)

Photos and text

In the post 9/11 era we are all under suspicion, some more than others. Take these people for instance. They are Americans who live in Maine and they are celebrating the last day of Ramadan. The photo of their celebration appeared in the Portland paper with a story about Ramadan and Maine's muslims. The story ran on the front page on September 11. A lot of readers were scandalized and left the editorial office messages saying the story was insensitive to Americans. Some said things to the effect that all Muslims were guilty for the 9/11 attacks.

The editor ran an apology to readers. But so far he has not apologized to the people in the photograph who may or may not be offended that he apologized to bigots for his decision to run a positive story about Muslim life in Maine.

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