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Missing In Action: Hillary Clinton


What is missing from this picture?

Here is the original, White House photo:


Let me give you a hint: it is blonde and rhymes with "millary blinton"...

Do note the caption at the White House Flickr stream:
This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.
My emphasis.

Der Tzeitung, a newspaper based in Brooklyn, New York, ran the article/picture in question last Friday. They have since issued an apology:
The First Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. That has precedence even to our cherished freedom of the press! In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status. Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility, and our policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board. Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.
...if you can call it an apology.

It is obvious that you have taken the firestorm of criticism in response to your editing of this now-iconic photograph as an attack on your religious rights -- hence your First Amendment tirade in the non-apology. For the record Der Tzeitung, nobody is criticizing your religion (at least, not here). What I am criticizing is your editorial staff and their ability to make stupid decisions.

Look, I understand the conflict that the editors must have felt. But, if you have to choose between running a (poorly) Photoshopped picture (which is inaccurate at best and offensive at worst) and not running a picture at all, clearly -- you skip the picture.

The last time that I checked (and I do nearly every day), text works just fine to tell a story.

Morons. Period.