**Written by Doug Powers
From the “things you don’t read about every day” file we find this…
You’ve seen the picture taken in the White House Situation Room the night Osama bin Laden’s fate was SEALed that shows President Obama’s national security team intently watching video of… well, something. The photo is now a famous one, but the complete picture was too much for one local paper’s standards:
That would be the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung, published in Brooklyn. The paper photoshopped Clinton, as well at the only other woman who could be seen in the room–Audrey Tomason, the national director of counterterrorism–out of the frame.
“Apparently the presence of a woman, any woman, being all womanly and sexy all over the United States’ counterterrorism efforts was too much for the editors of Der Tzitung to handle,” noted the prominent women’s blog Jezebel.
Indeed, “The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive,” Rabbi Jason Miller explains in The Jewish Week. Though he notes that the publication’s “fauxtograpphing” may in fact be a graver act against their religious tenets: “To my mind, this act of censorship is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g’neivat da’at (deceit).”
Beyond that, Der Tzitung’s editors apparently missed or blatantly ignored the guidelines stipulated on the official White House Flickr page, where the photo was released for use by news organizations: “The photograph may not be manipulated in any way.”
The White House has not issued a response on the altered image.
If I worked for the White House, the response would be, “If you use this picture again can you please Photoshop the president in a tall chair so he doesn’t look like he’s at the kids card table on Thanksgiving?”
Here’s the amazingly vanishing Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason:
The newspaper subsequently apologized and is expected to send Hillary a re-set button and a more modest, less revealing pantsuit that might pass their photo editor’s muster next time.
**Written by Doug Powers
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