Me personally, I would not have published the photo. The reason being is because Marine or not, I think it’s wrong to publish a picture of a wounded or dead body.
Given this situation, however, I believe it’s even more wrong. It seemed to be a gruesome picture so that alone would make me not want to publish it. Then I’d think of the family. I wouldn’t even need the father to ask me not to publish the picture like he did, I just wouldn’t because It’s pretty clear that a family won’t want to see a picture of their dead family member. Just as U.S. defense secretary Robert M. Gates said in the reading, why would the AP go against a families wishes knowing it would bring the young man more anguish?
The OK from the Marines would not have made a difference to me either. I get that maybe they would want to show what war really looks like and that Bernard was family to them in a sense. However, its all about blood family and respect to me and I think it is disrespectful to publish a photo of a dead soldier.
As far as conditions, there would be none in terms of me publishing this photo. I draw a pretty fine line when it comes to things like this and there would be nothing in this world that would make me want to publish the photo.