The death of a taboo
Posted by Sasha Issenberg
ST. PAUL -- One of the most enduring taboos in American politics,
the airing of graphic images from the September 11 attacks in a partisan
context, died today. It was nearly seven years old.
The informal prohibition, which had been occasionally threatened by
political ads in recent years, was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 CST,
when a video aired before delegates at the Republican National Convention
included slow-motion footage of a plane striking the World Trade Center, the
towers' subsequent collapse, and smoke emerging from the Pentagon.
The September 11 precedent was one of the few surviving
It is survived by direct comparisons of one's opponents to
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Decency Dies In Stages
From the Boston Globe Blog