In an article (Sunni Turnout High at Iraqi Charter Vote) noting high Sunni turnout; little violence; and the most peaceful day in months; here’s what AP photo editors saw as the story of today’s historic draft constitution vote in Iraq.
|(AP) An Iraqi woman grieves next to the body of her 6 year old daughter killed by a car bomb in Samarra,…|
|(AP) Kurdish referendum officials count votes during a power failure in Irbil, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 15….|
|(AP) Iraqi army soldiers lead blindfolded prisoners in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles ) northwest of…|
Power outage, insurgent death, and prisoners – that’s how AP see’s it. You’ve got to work pretty hard to spin the story of one of the greatest days in Iraq’s history – a day when all groups embraced the democratic process – that negatively. Heck, they even had to go back to a October 3, 2005 picture to get their prisoner shot. What that photo has to do with the election is not explained…
Iraqis should be giving AP Photo Editors the finger!
(© AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
Update: Jeff Goldstein rounds up the headline and opening paragraphs of a variety of new sources (with a few usual suspects added for good measure) covering the Iraq vote.