America's mainstream electronic media have yet to broadcast images of the dead from Hurricane Katrina.
We're not sure why. By this time in the tsunami cycle, TV viewers were inundated with images of bloated, floating corpses.
No, we don't advocate death porn.
Yes, we do advocate an uncensored media. Especially when they practice self-censorship.
Reporters are delicately walking the line today. CNN reporters discuss refrigerated semi trucks outside funeral homes in Mississippi. But no official is giving them a casualty count. The numbers are too staggering.
People will be offended by images of dead Americans floating in cesspools. Let it happen. It's needed to fully tell this story -- and it will impact people in ways they haven't yet experienced.
The mainstream media, however, are screwed. If they show the images, some will call them ghouls and goremongers. If they continue to shield us from graphic images of death, they will not be doing their job.