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Re-visions of Maryland
by Andrew Kiraly | posted June 19, 2014
Reader Victoria Halfon writes in response to our June photo essay, "Visions of Maryland":
Andrew Kiraly responds:
Thanks for writing. I’m sorry you feel that way, but I can’t apologize for including Aaron Mayes’ photo in the “Visions of Maryland” photo essay, the point of which was to capture and consider real life on Maryland Parkway — from the beautiful to the bad. To apologize for that would be, well, apologizing for journalism: honestly reflecting and investigating the world around us. It’s absurd to assume that reflecting that world — in this case, a photo of a “hate speech nut” on Maryland Parkway apparently well-known to you — implies some kind of endorsement, sanction or encouragement on our part. Of course, it doesn’t.
Ironically, your harrowing interactions with this man reinforce the premise of the photo essay; it affirms that, yes, this guy is most definitely part of the life of Maryland Parkway. If there’s any endorsement going on, it’s not from this end.
Finally, I’d consider a multitude of other more likely factors that results in “nuts ... shooting innocent people” before I point my finger at an easy target like “media attention.” That’s as simplistic as wishing that a man ranting on a street corner didn’t exist.
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