Sunday, October 30, 2005

MSM Lie #47 - USA Today demon-eye-zes Condoleezza Rice

I have taken forever to join this blogswarm, but it is never too late to catalogue another MSM Lie.

You have all seen the photos, including USA Today's doctored photo on the left.
Samantha Burns included a detailed description of how this type of thing is done. When you consider the effort that is required for this kind of misrepresentation, it gives you insight into the mentality of those in the MSM/DNC who determine what we see.

USA Today's lame apology almost merits its own entry on our list of lies:
Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards.
emphasis added

I believe that the original photo does meet USA Today's editorial standards. USA withdrew the original photo because of pressure from the blogsphere - not because of some "standards" at USA Today.
The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.
emphasis added

Whenever one sees a non-apology apology (a/k/a "Durbin" apology), the apology begins with a reference to something irrelevant. Who cares if they sometimes crop photos for size? That has nothing to do with altering Condi's eyes to make her look like a cartoon.

A real apology would have acknowledged that the USA Today tried to demonize Ms. Rice and got caught.

Mike's Noise provides other photoshop examples.
click here for the complete list of lies of 2005.

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