Why Is The New York Times Suing Over an Art Book?
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Why Is The New York Times Suing Over an Art Book?

Amazon The New York Times is threatening to sue a small publisher for an alleged publishing infraction, but what motivation really lies behind the lawsuit? War Is Beautiful is a protest book about the Iraq War. It does not target the Bush Administration so much as the newspapers, namely The New York Times , that were all too willing to spread a White House’s message about weapons of mass destruction that never were. The book makes an artful, journalistic point: Photography on the front page of the paper of record depicted the conflict in rosy, gorgeous, cinematic ways, like the first scene in Apocalypse Now . That kind of treatment, the project’s author David Shields contends, helped elongate a war that wound up being America’s first, great 21st century quagmire , responsible for the deaths of over 4,200 Americans. Even if one were to disagree with the book’s premise, it is a valid criticism and a useful piece of protest art. “They’re doing it because they can. And, yes, they don’t like it,” Daniel Power, the owner of the publisher, told The Daily Beast. “They don’t appreciate it.” Every image in the book is fully licensed. The photographers are […]

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