The Faux news crowd are in high whine mode because Newsweek didn’t retouch Sarah Palin’s photo on their latest cover.  This is supposed to be somehow grossly unfair, that the American public might see Palin for who she really is, without benefit of airbrushing or photoshopping.

Perhaps they had something like this in mind:



On the morning of Wednesday July 2, 2008 the Fox & Friends show on the conservative Fox News channel aired photos of New York Times staffers Jacques Steinberg and Steven Reddicliffe. The photos had been altered to make the men look less attractive. Their teeth were yellowed, ears enlarged, dark circles placed beneath their eyes, etc. The intent was evidently satirical. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News later admitted Fox News was making fun of the men. However, viewers were not informed of the alterations. The New York Times said the doctored photos were "beneath comment." 

Fox does know a thing or two about retouching.   In Fox world photos have no value for the sake of documentation or journalism, they are — like the news itself — only something to be manipulated  for propaganda purposes.

I’d be sympathetic if Newsweek went out of its way to make Palin look haggish or paint her in a bad light, but the photo on the cover just makes her look real.  She’s running for the Vice Presidency, not trying to win a beauty pageant.  

At least that’s what they’re saying, anyway.

Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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