Monday, May 09, 2011

Der Tzitung Has Issued an Apology and it is Nonsense

By now you probably heard about the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung, which "photoshopped" Hillary Clinton and Director of Counter-terrorism Audrey Tomason out of this now iconic situation room photo.

Well, Der Tzitung has issued their explanation/apology and it does not fly with me.

A portion of the apology goes as follows

"Also present in the Situation Room were various high-ranking government and military officials including Secretary of State, the honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton and another female participant.Our photo editor realizing the significance of this historic moment, published the picture, but in his haste, did not read the "fine print" that accompanied the picture, forbidding any changes and published a picture omitting the female participants in the room"

Here is the problem "omitting the female participants."
I use Photoshop all day in my work and I have OMITTED many people from photographs.  When you are "omitting" or erasing a person you are left with nothing underneath.  A white human shaped space where that person used to be.

Der Tzitung did something we all know as "doctoring" a photograph.  Removing the women and replacing them with an approximation of what was behind them.  This is NOT an attempt to adhere to a religious custom.  This was an attempt to deceive the reader.  When you OMIT the women from the photograph you erase ink.  When you "Photoshop out" the women you erase history and progress and the representation of something you are obviously afraid of.


nopunksleft said...

Nonsense is such a nice word to use here. There are major malfeasons at play here.

Dave Himself said...

I actually removed all of the curses on a final rewrite. GNF don't cater to strong language.