Sunday, November 27, 2005

Goodnight Moon, Clement Hurd, The Commissar Vanishes, MSM Lie # 52

H/T Michelle Malkin for the story of the doctoring of the photograph of Clement Hurd, the illustrator of the classic childrens book, Goodnight Moon. The publisher has doctored the photograph of the illustrator in recent editions of the book to white out a cigarette in Hurd's hand.

from the New York Times

Check out Michelle Malkin for the whole story. I am pleasantly surprised that the Times would even mention this story, let alone publish the photos.

This story reminded me of a book I saw on the shelf years ago. "The Commissar Vanishes" is described as follows by
In Stalinist Russia, it was commonplace for Soviet history to be rewritten with inconvenient participants removed--often men or women who had aided the Communist Revolution in the early days and then had somehow fallen afoul of Stalin himself. In The Commissar Vanishes, English art historian David King assembles an impressive body of photographs and artwork that shows the process whereby a hero could overnight be made into villain. "The physical eradication of Stalin's political opponents at the hands of the secret police was swiftly followed by their obliteration from all forms of pictorial existence," King rightly notes: in one noteworthy sequence reproduced on the cover, a photograph of Stalin with three revolutionary leaders is airbrushed and cropped and clipped until, one by one, those leaders disappear and only Stalin is left--conveying the message that Stalin carried the Russian Revolution by himself. Another photograph from the 1920s depicts a meeting of dozens of trade-union and Bolshevik leaders; by the late 1930s, all but a handful of them had been murdered at Stalin's orders. King's work restores some of these men and women to history and illustrates the essential inhumanity of totalitarian thought.

I never bought the book, so I will have to take Amazon's word at face value.

I realize that Stalinist Russia and Goodnight Moon are worlds apart. But the difference is only one of degree. I take the rewriting of history very seriously. If the left believes it can rewrite history for our own good, what else will it do?
The rewriting of history is a prerequisite for tyranny.
previous photo lies - USA Today demonizes Condoleezza Rice.

- AP misprepresents the photos of a Giuliana Sgrena’s car.

Complete list of lies of 2005.

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