A single death is a tragedy,
a million deaths is a statistic.
This was just posted by AP photographer Todd Pittman on the recent loss of his friend and fellow photographer, Dmitry Chebotayev ("Friend's Death Shows Cost of Iraq War.")
Lately more of these meditations on personal loss from members of the press have been appearing in the MSM. It is a shift from statistical coverage to real losses. It is not clear whether it is a ploy to catch the eye of an increasingly apathetic audience, or something different, like a recognition of the futility of the endeavors.
Here is an excerpt from Pittman's piece:
"I was always able to leave it all behind — until Dmitry was killed.
"That day, I crossed through a kind of looking glass, and saw the war in Iraq from another side.
"To the daily churn of news, it was just one more tragic story.
"To me, it was far more profound. It reverberated through lives thousands of miles away, changing them forever.
"I think about all the stories we have written — all the headlines and statistics that comprise the daily death tolls.
"I do not look at them so casually anymore."