June 8th, 2012

Forty years later: Kim Phuc, the girl in the photo

It’s been forty years since this photo shocked Americans:

Do you know the story behind the photo? I tell it in this article at PJ. Some of what you read may surprise you.

[NOTE: I've written about the photo before, in a different context. See this and this.]

10 Responses to “Forty years later: Kim Phuc, the girl in the photo”

  1. holmes Says:

    I never knew this. I’m beginning to really hate our press.

  2. Michael Says:

    Another famous picture is the when that shows a South Vietnamese official (in Saigon ) shooting a North Vietnamese in the head. The story behind that picture is instructive.

    Jeeze, makes me look forward to August.

  3. neo-neocon Says:

    Michael: the links at the end, to old posts of mine, tell that story as well.

  4. Richard Aubrey Says:

    I presume you meant “beginning” metaphorically.
    Anybody who’s been paying attention began decades ago.

  5. holmes Says:

    Richard- yes, I hated the press before. But beginning to really hate it.

  6. Sushisistah Says:

    I remember taking that magazine into my room from the hiding place that my mother stashed it in. I was very young but very curious. I DO remember thinking “why would America do this?”.

  7. neo-neocon Says:

    Sushisistah: I think your reaction was an extremely common one. And not just among the very young.

  8. PapaMAS Says:

    Yep, that’s our press: “The facts, however interesting, are irrelevant. I reject reality and substitute my own! The important thing is the story I want to tell, facts be damned!”

  9. neo-neocon Says:

    PapaMAS: I think it’s even more complicated than that. Sometimes the facts were reported wrong regarding the photo. But sometimes they were merely omitted, or important parts omitted. Sometimes (I would guess) that omission was done purposely and strategically, but sometimes it was done ignorantly and without even realizing the importance of the deeper context.

  10. IGotBupkis, Legally Defined Cyberbully in All 57 States Says:

    I added a note about the photo in the subsequent thread about 2-3 days after this one.

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