The Power of Photo Editorial Decisions

heads up: this is a pretty old post, it may be outdated.

Speaking at the parade, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was the most powerful nation in the world.

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Iran shows off its military might

The laughable statement made by Ahmadinejad is just another in is list of half-truths and lies that he's said on the world stage.

This however, is not what I want to address. This article, which is not much more than large blurb (it has no direct quotes, is only 11 paragraphs), is accompanied by the photograph above.

Now, I can guarantee that there are shots of large missiles, tanks, and even the 200+ aircraft that flew over as part of the parade. The editor, however, chose this rather humorous picture of Iranian troops on ¿dirt bikes? It looks like they're riding two to a bike.

I think that this a perfect example of editorial bias – for the better.