The Sept. 14th Newsweek cover line — “Is Your Baby Racist?” — should have included a sub-head, “Is Dick Cheney a Butcher?”
So starts David Hume Kennerly in a blog post on the New York Times’ site concerning a photo of his of Dick Cheney that had been cropped to create a far more insidious vision than the original image suggested.
Yup, it’s another post about photojournalism, which is apparently becoming the biggest topic I didn’t realize I was interested in. In this case, I think Mr Kennerly is clearly viewing this right when he gets outraged about what was done with his shot. Instead of a nice family dinner, good old Dick gets cropped out and stuck under some editorial commentary about interrogation as he slices meat. Mm-mm manipulation.
OK, so, I hate Dick Cheney (or at least his politics and effect on the US during the Bush admin), no doubt. I get a nice giggle out of him being the meat slicer. I am 100% for using photos to lie. But only when lying was the intent.
Given that the intent of the original is quite clearly to document the Cheneys in a domestic setting, I’m going to have to rule this a black flag. You get’em, Mr. Kennerly, raise hell.
Original Article, With Before and After Pics (via NY Times)