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Photos of Gabrielle Giffords Posted to Facebook: Will They Satisfy Public Curiosity?

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Two photos released on Facebook on Sunday are the clearest images of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, since she was shot in Tucson, Arizona in January. The photos were released in an attempt to satisfy public curiosity. But will it work?

Set to be released as soon as this month from her rehabilitation center, the congresswoman hoped to dampen paparazzi interest in her condition and
appearance, Karamargin said.

In April, rumors surfaced that a $200,000 bounty was out for photos of Giffords in recovery.

“This was Mark and Gabby’s decision,” Karamargin said. “There is intense interest in the Congresswoman’s appearance and on the threshold of her going to outpatient treatment, we thought this was a good way to satisfy public curiosity.”


There are still many questions regarding the state of Giffords' cognitive ability, speech, and political future, that will keep the public interested in the Congresswoman's recovery.

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  • oldsoldier 2011/06/13 19:49:53
    Yes
    oldsoldier
    YES, NO ,WTF .I was saddened when she got shot.I was happy to hear about her recovery,I was angry when some of you idiots blamed Sarah Palin for the shooting,I was glad to see her husband(Gabrielle's) go back and fly the Shuttle again.What's wrong with people? Who needs to see pictures of a still convalescing Gabrielle Gifford ?And while we're at it, i wish they stopped showing me the picture of the lying murderess Casey Anthony.
  • $vampsis1313$ 2011/06/13 19:46:09
    Yes
    $vampsis1313$
    she looks gr8, y not show off about it?
  • Julie 2011/06/13 19:34:54
    Yes
    Julie
    I said yes, not because I believe so, but because I hope so. This picture actually kind of made my day. She looks fantastic and still very beautiful.
  • All American 2011/06/13 19:23:41
    No
    All American
    Probably not. The public has an insatiable appetite for this kind of thing. My question is: Who is handling the business affairs of her elected position? They should have a special election to fill the position she left behind and perform the duties of her office that she can no longer perform.
  • Skip 2011/06/13 18:44:23
    No
    Skip
    +1
    A little curiosity in normal since most people are interested in her healing progress. She looks pretty good considering what she has gone through.

    The irony here is that she is probably more "competent" than the idiot that shot her.
  • Sherry 2011/06/13 18:39:08
    Yes
    Sherry
    Somewhat. Not until she is able to speak publicly.
  • PDenoli 2011/06/13 18:24:29
    Yes
    PDenoli
    For crying out loud! Is her first name Paris? I didn't know the public had any "curiosity" over her. That's why she hasn't been in the press at all for a very long time. Now that she's ready for her closeup, we're supposed to be interested? This seems to be another media fabrication to sell ads.

    Don't get me wrong. I hope she's doing well. I wish her the best. It looks like she's got a nice smile, and everything. Are we done now? No offense at all, but I'm really not going to think about this again - until someone sticks it in my face to tell me that I want to know.
  • JJ 2011/06/13 18:20:36
    Yes
    JJ
    I guess they'll satify some people, but picture aren't the worry I have about her. I have no doubt they will use this, claiming again, that all guns need to be gone from all homes. They won't give up and realize that people kill people, not a gun that may sit next to a table...someone has to pick it up. We all have a right to protect ourselves. If Gifford had a gun at the time,or someone near her, perhaps she wouldn't have been shot. It was terrible what she had to go through because of one lone, sick idoit. This is going to be their excuse to try and take our guns from us. Don't ever forget, Hitler did this and the people had no protection...DO NOT FORGET THAT!
  • Diana 2011/06/13 18:18:07
    Yes
    Diana
    Yes,I am very surprised how well she looks.I wish her the best.
  • Lanikai 2011/06/13 17:41:19
    Yes
    Lanikai
    I wasn't curious. But I do think she needs to resign from congress. Her district has been without a rep for all this time, no disrespect to her but she cannot do the job since she has issues with putting sentences together and has trouble locating words. THEY, the voters. DESERVE a representative voice in CONgress.
  • meeshuk 2011/06/13 17:19:57
    No
    meeshuk
    +1
    Too many in our culture are morbid.
  • Romanknite 2011/06/13 15:47:48
    Yes
    Romanknite
    Yes, I'm very happy to see Sen. Gifford smiling again
  • Mr. Smith 2011/06/13 15:47:28
    No
    Mr. Smith
    +2
    Public curiosity is just a phrase the media hides behind, this so-called "public curiosity" is fueled by the media, they know it will sell more headlines and is good for their business.

    They have no regard for personal privacy, the Giffords have been through enough, let this woman heal and recover in peace. If she decides to go back to work as a representative of the people in her district, then it's fair to take all the photos they want, but only while she's in the public eye.
  • pattycake725 2011/06/13 15:25:15
    Yes
    pattycake725
    +1
    I didn't realize the public had an insatiable curiosity for photos of Gabrielle Giffords...the media, yes - the public, not so much.
  • Lanikai pattyca... 2011/06/13 17:42:00
    Lanikai
    perfectly stated.
  • Ruby 2011/06/13 15:14:09
    Yes
    Ruby
    I hope so. I was impressed with how good she looks, how at peace and healthy. If people feel as I do, maybe they will give her the room and privacy she needs to complete her process of healing that she has so miraculously begun.
  • Resp 2011/06/13 15:08:04
    No
    Resp
    +1
    Nevermind Gifford! What about the 6 people who were killed? And the 14 people who were injured by Jared Loughner? One would think that Gifford was the Holy Representative!
  • Romanknite Resp 2011/06/13 15:50:30
    Romanknite
    Yeah, but no one was wounded like her, she was the intended target and she lived. I'm very happy for her
  • Resp Romanknite 2011/06/13 16:26:15
    Resp
    +2
    Of course! No one was wounded like her. They were just killed. Did you finish high school?
  • Romanknite Resp 2011/06/13 21:49:24
    Romanknite
    You know I'm not talking about the dead, you dickhead
  • Resp Romanknite 2011/06/14 00:46:57
    Resp
    Another thing. How do you know no one was wounded like her? What were the other wounds? We don't know because the focus is on Giffords wound.

    The media has portrayed Giffords as the supreme victim. First the media told us it was a White supremacist who shot the Jewish Congresswoman. Then we find out that the shooter Jared Loughner himself was Jewish. This entire event is screwed up and completely distorted.
  • Romanknite Resp 2011/06/14 13:30:34
    Romanknite
    OK I see your point.
  • Lanikai Resp 2011/06/13 17:42:44
    Lanikai
    +2
    Well, we all know an injured DEM is worth 100 regular citizens.

    Sarcasm.
  • T 2011/06/13 14:30:43
    No
    T
    will not satisfy the curiosity that shouldn't be there in the first place.
  • Andrew 2011/06/13 14:28:57
    No
    Andrew
    +1
    I am very happy to see her looking so good. I am not obsessed with seeing pictures, but I must sat that under the circumstances she looks amazingly good. I happy for her and pray for her continued recovery!
  • Resp Andrew 2011/06/13 15:09:53
    Resp
    Do you even know what the six people who were killed that day look like? Why is the focus on Gifford only? She is becoming annoying. 14 other people were injured too! What are their names?
  • Andrew Resp 2011/06/13 15:22:49
    Andrew
    +1
    I only responded to the article. Of course we all wish those who were injured well. She is not annoying. What did SHE do to annoy you? Don't be such an idiot!
  • Resp Andrew 2011/06/13 15:25:46 (edited)
    Resp
    +1
    I am annoyed at the focus only on Gifford. And we all know why.
  • Andrew Resp 2011/06/13 15:30:51
    Andrew
    You know, if you really cared, you'd write an article here on Sodahead about the other victims. Perhaps you are too lazy?! Or maybe you don't care?!
  • Romanknite Resp 2011/06/13 16:07:56
    Romanknite
    I see your one of the stone hearted conservatives. We all know that some died and others were wounded, but forget about her being a Democrated Senator, she's a human being that was shot through the brain. Well I'm sure you don't care, your a conservative.
  • Lanikai Romanknite 2011/06/13 17:44:01
    Lanikai
    Wow, that is a pretty hate filled comment. You must be a lib.
  • Romanknite Lanikai 2011/06/13 21:53:58
    Romanknite
    What's hateful in my statement, I'm defending mrs. Gifford. Please point out what was so hateful.
  • Lanikai Romanknite 2011/06/13 22:09:01
    Lanikai
    You labeled all conservatives as hate filled, I returned the favor.
  • Romanknite Lanikai 2011/06/13 23:42:46
    Romanknite
    No, this is what I said ""I see your one of the stone hearted conservatives."that is what I said to "resp" referring to him for the statement he. made, Now if you are one of the stone hearted conservatives, then I guess I was referring to you too. But I didn't say all conservatives.
  • Lanikai Romanknite 2011/06/14 15:32:27
    Lanikai
    I am a constitutional conservative.
  • Romanknite Lanikai 2011/06/14 19:03:33
    Romanknite
    OK...
  • Skip Romanknite 2011/06/13 18:40:36
    Skip
    +1
    If someone wanted to be as ignorant as you they would say something like, "shooting a democrat in the head shouldn't be fatal since the bullet wouldn't hit a vital organ."

    But no one is saying that.
  • Romanknite Skip 2011/06/13 22:01:16
    Romanknite
    skip, you're misreading my statement, read it again vrs. the the person I responded too. I said nothing disrespectful towards Mrs.Gifford
  • Skip Romanknite 2011/06/14 02:57:18
    Skip
    What I read was; "…he's a human being that was shot through the brain. Well I'm sure you don't care, your [sic] a conservative."

    My objection was the fact that you inferred that if someone is a conservative, they don't care about Giffords. I care about her and I'm a conservative. If I misunderstood what you meant then I apologize.
  • Romanknite Skip 2011/06/14 13:39:55
    Romanknite
    Apology accepted. This is sodahead, and I've run into many, many cold blooded conservatives on here. Now I don't believe all conservatives are like that because I debate with some very civil and respectful conservatives on here. But they are very few. Now I'm not saying that liberals are different, because they're not. BUT! I get more disrespect and name calling from conservatives. I'm of neither party, I refuse to lable myself with either of those groups. I consider myself an American stuck in the middle.

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