Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Friday, August 12, 2005

These journalists really shouldn't be allowed out

Isn't this a wonderful, iconographic image? Here is the AP caption accompanying this classic photograph:

In this photograph released by the United States Navy, a sailor and nurse embrace in New York's Times Square in a file photo from Aug. 14, 1945. A statue by Seward Johnson commorating the event was released Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, in New York's Time Square. The 60th anniversary of the event is Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005.
So, clearly, Sunday, August 14 is noteworthy for being the 60th anniversary of -- a photograph? Do you think it was political correctness or sheer ignorance that led the AP to miss entirely that Sunday, August 14, 2005 is the 60th anniversity of V-J Day -- the day the most devastating war in modern history (in all history?) ended following the Japanese defeat? Considering the TLC this same journalistic institution lavished on the Hiroshoma bombing, I can't help but suspect that some squeamish headline writer just couldn't acknowledge that the pure joy animating this photo was because, after four bloody years, the war was over, and this sailor knew he wasn't going to die on the receiving end of a Japanese bullet.