THIS PHOTO, taken by a photographer from the Carroll Daily Times Herald in Iowa, was altered by the editors and published this week as it appears above.
The team photo, which ran with the annual fall sports preview, contains three players who were making what the editors deemed to be offensive hand gestures. A fourth player was not acting in a "respectable manner" and therefore blurred as well.
Ann Wilson, general manager and co-owner of the Daily Times Herald, told the Omaha World News that the players' action "was disrespectful to the team, to us and to women, which means mothers, sisters and girlfriends."
She continued: "Why cover it up? I think young people need to learn to take responsibility for their actions."
Did the editors over step their boundaries?
One columnist for the Daily Times Herald wrote this comment when explaining why the paper was right to censor the photo: "One interesting punishment for the offending players would have been to have them explain what it means to their grandmothers."
Are they protecting the community? Are they doing a service to the public, and to women specifically? Are they teaching these punks a lesson?
Or is this a case of righteous indignation?
Is this a newspaper simply acting as a standard-bearer for society at large? Is there anything wrong with that?
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