A photographers’s point about context well taken: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson

When Photos Lie: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson.

But you be the judge.

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One Response to A photographers’s point about context well taken: Sticking Up for Jalen Brunson

  1. I’m glad you posted something about this. I had seen the Brunson incident explode on Twitter over what seemed to be a badly-timed photo of the basketball star making obscene gestures after a questionable call by the referees. Lots of the local reporters I know and follow were explaining that the photographer caught Brunson at a time when his fingers were unraveling and the photo blew the incident out of proportion. I agreed with them at first. But then, I noticed the frame-by-frame analysis of the video, and I — carefully — changed my thinking on it. I was more skeptical of the incident. All of the local Chicago reporters I know were defending the kid, saying Brunson wouldn’t do anything like that. But the video, to me, certainly says otherwise. One of the most popular sayings in athletics (and life in general) is “The film doesn’t lie.” I’m curious about how this shakes out. Mike Imrem, a columnist who has written for The Daily Herald for decades, wrote up the central, journalistic question to this whole debacle: Do we investigate the whole situation involving Brunsonm, the IHSA and others, or do we just let it slip? It’s a funky conundrum, and it really demonstrates how influential (for good or bad) a photo can be in a story like this one.

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