Reuters Whitewashes Arafat

Digging up Yasser Arafat’s body and exhuming file photos of the terror boss have a lot in common. You can’t help but feel dirty looking at the results.

So if you want a sanitized  photo essay of the “life and legacy of  Yasser Arafat,” Reuters is for you.

Iconic images feature the PLO’s top dog with Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II, at the White House, and flashing his fingers in a V.

Of course, there are other facets to the Arafat legacy which the Reuters staff left out. Images of Arafat with Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Hamas founder Sheikh Yassin would give a fuller, more balanced picture.

They just don’t fit with Reuters’s cleaner memories.

(Image of Arafat via Wikimedia Commons/Hans Jørn Storgaard Andersen)