Two military men, one deployed to Afghanistan and the other with soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan, were both found guilty of murder. Their crimes are unjustifiable, yet their portrayal in the media is quite dissimilar.
Maj. Nidal Hasan's image is of an unapologetic jihadist: bearded, defiant, with a bold gaze and stern countenance. He is in prison attire. Biographies and photos of his 13 victims attest to the horrific loss of young life. Hasan is a Muslim.
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' image is of a soldier: clean-shaven, enthusiastic, with a broad smile and youthful optimism. He is in uniform. No biographies or photos of his 16 Afghan civilian victims attest to their gruesome massacre. Bales is Caucasian.
If media creates images based upon nationality and current fears, truth becomes relegated in importance.
Salt Lake City