Today, when we're all aware of the ways that an image can be manipulated, it's hard to realize how shocking and convincing the first photographic images were in the 1840's, after Louis Daguerre revealed his discovery to the world.
Perhaps the solution to the problem of the huge number of innocent lives snuffed out annually lies not just in legislation and letters to Congress. It may also lie in hard-hitting and unbiased reporting.
A recent New York Times article, Ethan Bronner, has been subject to harsh criticism for practicing the worst kind of stenographic, he-said, she-said journalism. The facts are clear: studies have repeatedly shown that in-person voting fraud is virtually non-existent.
In accepting her position, Margaret Sullivan speaks of the need for transparency, but we also need a little more of a transgressive and disruptive public editor who sees larger patterns and is aware of the continuous compromises made to keep the Times afloat.