On September 27, 2012, Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel – delivered a 30-minute speech to the UN General Assembly. The speech was extensively covered by the media, most noticeably because of the bomb illustration he used to demonstrate the need for the world to put a red line in front of Iran, in it’s quest for a nuclear bomb.
Just a few moments after the speech ended, the world’s two largest news agencies, Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, both selected photos of the same moment in Netanyahu’s speech to send to their subscribers worldwide on their respective wire* services.
At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Netanyahu spoke about Israel’s contribution to the world. He went on to say: “Recently, I was deeply moved when I visited Technion, one of our technological institutes in Haifa, and I saw a man paralyzed from the waist down climb up a flight of stairs, quite easily, with the aid of an Israeli invention.”
As saying that, Mr. Netanyahu raised his left hand, his arm straight, in a gesture illustrating the story of the man climbing the stairs.
Within moments after the speech ended, AP and Reuters had sent out the news story of the speech to their worldwide wire* subscribers, accompanied by one photo. Of the hundreds of professional photos taken at this speech, both the AP and Reuters decided to push these onto the wire*.
* The news agencies sell their reports and photos to newspapers,
websites and television stations, which are the ones who pass the
materials on to the end consumer. The agencies essentially serve as
reporters-for-hire, for news outlets that rely on them to cover the
events in a purely professional manner.