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Clark Hoyt, the Public Editor of the New York Times defended, today, the paper’s publishing of gory pictures from Haiti.

He acknowledges the criticism and makes the argument that the bereaved want the pictures taken of the dead. However, he doesn’t interview one. He interviews three photographers instead.

He says the scenes present the paper “with the challenge of telling the unsanitized truth without crossing into the offensive and truly exploitive” but doesn’t define what truly exploitive is.

Sir, if you believed in not crossing that line – that you had your finger on what news was Fit to Print – you would have fired David Brooks a long time ago. The argument can be made that what stops you from publishing similar pictures from disasters in California or New Orleans is the threat of lawsuits, which you don’t fear from Haiti.

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