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Can They Sink Any Lower?

A peek above our garters to Thomas Brock of Bloviations, who turned us on to this story via Twitter.

Faux News, asshat mouthpiece for the far right wing nutters, is rather well known for its utter contempt of reality, but there are still a few people who consider it a legitimate news source.  Yeah, I don’t understand it either and yes it’s much like believing “pro-wrestling” is real, but just to drive the point home a little further, Media Matters runs this breaking story:

After putting up the photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe, Fox & Friends also featured a photograph of Steinberg’s face superimposed over that of a poodle, while Reddicliffe’s face was superimposed over that of the man holding the poodle’s leash.

Below is a screenshot of Fox & Friends featuring the photo it used of Steinberg, with the original photo on its left. Comparing the two photos, it appears that the following changes have been made: Steinberg’s teeth have been yellowed, his nose and chin widened, and his ears made to protrude further.

And on the same story, read this from the Editor & Publisher:

NEW YORK The Fox News channel has gained wide attention today in the blogosphere for airing photos of two New York Times staffers that appear to have been doctored to portray the Timesmen in an unflattering light.

The photos depict New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg with yellowed teeth, “his nose and chin widened, and his ears made to protrude further,” according to a statement today by Media Matters for America. The other image, of Times television editor Steven Reddicliffe, with similar yellow teeth, as well as “dark circles … under his eyes, and his hairline has been moved back,” according to the Media Matters statement.

The photos appear to have been flattened or extended using photoshop tools.

On Wednesday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade aired the photos while discussing a piece in the June 28 edition of the New York Times. The piece pointed out what the newspaper called “ominous trends” in Fox News’ ratings.

What really surprises me is that this surprises anyone.  The disconnect from reality and actual journalism is about as big as the one in the White House.  I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

I was tempted to put up the example images from Media Matters, but I think I’ll let you just click on over there and see for yourself.

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4 Responses

  1. Infophile says:

    You know, the only thing that surprised me about this was how obvious the photoshopping was. I mean, that Faux News would try to do this isn’t surprising, but you’d think they’d at least go for a little subtlety. You don’t even need the originals to know those ones were faked.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    Quite. And yet I doubt their regular viewership blinked an eye.

    But it would seem their Visual Propaganda Department is just as much a bunch of hacks as the other Propaganda Departments…

  3. Deacon Barry says:

    Fox news is one of my guilty pleasures. I’ve got Sky, so I can only get Fox, MSNBC and CNN American news channels. Fox is way more entertaining than the other two. I love watching such luminaries as Steve Doocy, Greta Van Susteran (hot news chick) and of course the sublime Bill O’Reilly. I love how the news is ‘fair and balanced’… it is!… they said so! They wouldn’t lie to me, would they?

  4. JanieBelle says:

    …Greta Van Susteran (hot news chick)…

    ewwww…

    It a shame you don’t get the CNN Headline News channel. If you want eye candy with your news, Robin Meade is where it’s at. (…and she’s not afraid of a mini skirt and boots…)

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