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Entries by Michael Shaw from 07/2008

Reading The Pictures: McCain's War Cred Goes Belly Up

| Posted 07.02.2008 | Media

2008-07-02-mccainhanoi.jpgUntil Sunday, this well-known October 1967 image of McCain being pulled from a lake near Hanoi was used to convey heroism and elicit admiration and empathy.

Reading The Pictures: McTownhall Versus McTeleprompter

| Posted 07.08.2008 | Media

2008-07-08-mccaintele.jpgThe visual media has mostly bypassed scenes of McCain in tortured tether to his gaffe-prevention, large-type babysitter.

Reading The Pictures: The Case Of The Invisible American War Machine

| Posted 07.09.2008 | Media

2008-07-09-shaw_time_censorship.jpgLast week, I thought there was something fishy about the photos from Amara, and now a new Time article bears it out.

Reading The Pictures: The "What" Of What's Wrong With Barack Osama TNY Cover

| Posted 07.14.2008 | Media

2008-07-14-newyorkerobama.jpgI'm sure you've already seen analysis as to why it's so bad. Here is the actual "what" of what's wrong.

Reading The Pictures: Lieberman Co-Chairs The Disappropriation Committee

| Posted 07.16.2008 | Media

2008-07-16-lieberman.jpgPlanted between these two chairs, the suggestion in this NYT image is that Lieberman is straddling between the two parties.

Reading The Pictures: Making The Scene At Bagram

| Posted 07.20.2008 | Media

Seeing Obama in front of American troops at Bagram is not only a great relief (and, hopefully, a preview), it offers a profound contrast with what we've been suffering from.

Reading The Pictures: Fudge Haus

| Posted 07.25.2008 | Media

2008-07-25-shaw_fudghehaus.jpg If the strategy of the day was to emphasize McCain's ability, evoking a German setting, to successfully engage 199,990 fewer people than Obama, this event was a rousing success.

Reading The Pictures: 4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images

| Posted 07.27.2008 | Media

2008-07-28-shaw_727.jpgThe military has been so effective in muting the war, and the war photographer, that many of our best shooters have found themselves turning to the technique of irony.

Reading The Pictures: A Crude Salute

| Posted 07.30.2008 | Media

2008-07-30-mccain_cindy_oilderrick.jpg Conservatives obviously don't get the irony of having their presidential nominee and wife billboarding militarism while standing next to an oil derrick.

Reading The Celeb Video: Exploding Obama At The Subliminal Level

| Posted 07.31.2008 | Media

2008-07-31-shaw_mccain_celeb.jpgI think we are really being played if -- in analyzing the McCain attack ad -- we go so far as unearth the racist sexual stereotypes but overlook the possible allusions to violence itself.