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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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