Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Jeepers Creepers

Nice peepers there, Condi.

Michelle Malkin and other bloggers have landed on this one with both feet. This cracka just got over a bad sinus infection and is late getting to the stomp. As for that other one, Cracka Jack, well, who knows. Probably got into the anti-freeze again. Or he's treed a possum. Either or.

What kills me is the hilariously BAD job that was done in regards 'modifying' Condi's eyes...I mean, come on, guys, I have and use Photoshop, and this is NOT some filtering or effects mistake. This is a deliberate, though clumsy, attempt to demonize visually Condoleeza Rice. The sclera of her eyes are paper-white. The irises and pupils, meanwhile, are pitch-black, and, to top it off, reptilian in shape, or like those of a cat.

This is not responsible photojournalism. This is album cover art for Black Sabbath.

Anyway, here's USA TODAY'S lame apology/correction/evasion/they're on to us, dive, dive, dive:

Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.

OK, but sharpening and brightening in Photoshop do not automatically give people "Exorcist" eyes, Chief, not matter how wildly you slide the little bar left or right. Why not just give Condi horns and put flames in the background?

So fess up, USA TODAY, because I assume - at least hope - someone over there is checking the photos as well as the copy, and if they let this one get past them, they should be bashed over the head with their Mac for incompetence - or, as I suspect, deliberate malfeasance.