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Tag: Photo


8 Tasteless Stock Photos Related to Abortion

Roe v. Wade turned 41 on Wednesday, and in searching for images to illustrate our posts, we came up with some very weird, gross and even comical results.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE

Beleaguered Rep. Weiner Endures Prolonged Twitter Scandal

With the proliferation of social media outlets, there are that many more new ways for politicians to create PR disasters for themselves. Take, for example, the object lesson provided by Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose unidentified crotchy Twitpic scandal predictably dominated the week’s news cycle—and his strategy for dealing with it didn’t exactly help, either.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE

We Need to Move the Capital to Hawaii

There’s no nicer place in America, as demonstrated by this photo juxtaposition of the president signing the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE

Obama Reneges on Torture Photo Release

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama went back on his administration’s previous plan to release photos reportedly showing prisoner abuse at American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Team Obama may also follow in the Bushies’ footsteps by detaining some prisoners “on U.S. soil” and “indefinitely and without trial,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted on May 13, 2009 READ MORE

Fake Missile

Photoshopping Military Might

Charges against Iran’s Sepah News for digitally altering a photo of the country’s missile tests on Wednesday arose Friday after analysts discovered what is clearly a Photoshopped extra missile in an image released by the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The image, which was used by the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune on their front pages, was later retracted.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE

Ehud Barak
AP photo / Ariel Schalit

Israel and Iran Talk Tough

Israel and Iran appear to be locked in a dangerous round of ¿Quién es más macho? On Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak responded to Iran’s new displays of military prowess—this week’s missile tests—by declaring that Israel is ready for action should Iran push the direct-threat level any higher.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE

Baghdad calling

Snapshots of Life and Death in Baghdad

Three bodies lie beside a Baghdad street on a blindingly hot day. The one on the right is dressed in a white shirt and bright green trousers, his hands tied behind his back. Two others on the left lie shoeless, both dressed in check shirts, dumped—how easily we use that word of Baghdad’s corpses—on a yard of dirt and bags of garbage. They, too, of course, are now garbage.

Posted on Jul 3, 2008 READ MORE

Harman and al-Jamadi

The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Documentary whiz Errol Morris is turning his camera on Abu Ghraib’s most notorious moments in his latest film, “Standard Operating Procedure,” in which he unearths a host of unsettling information about torture, “ghost” prisoners and interrogators, and, as Morris describes in this blog about his new project, exactly what happened to prisoner Manadel al-Jamadi’s body after he died under interrogation at the prison in Iraq.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


Obama: ?I Won?t Be Smiling?

Here’s one person in Pennsylvania Barack Obama doesn’t want to shake hands with. After repeatedly refusing to pose for a photo, the candidate finally relented, but warned: “I won’t be smiling.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2008 READ MORE

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Clinton Takes On Obama Photo Question

It wasn’t the easiest moment in Tuesday’s Democratic debate for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, but both candidates handled it well when moderator Brian Williams broached the uncomfortable subject of the photo, leaked to the Drudge Report early Monday for apparently political purposes, of Obama wearing traditional African garb in Kenya.

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE

Obama in Kenya
AP photo

Obama, Clinton Camps Clash Over Obama Photo Leak

On Monday morning, The Drudge Report featured a photo of Barack Obama in traditional Kenyan dress taken during his 2006 visit to the African nation. Obama aides are angrily accusing Clinton’s team of leaking the photo in an attempt to put off voters (with a heaping dose of “ethnicity,” apparently) at a particularly auspicious moment, but Clinton’s camp has denied that it released the picture.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE

Auschwitz photo
U.S. Holocaust Memoral Museum via The New York Times

Auschwitz From Another Angle

A newly released series of photos taken at Auschwitz and sent last year to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Nazi officers and female SS members in a bafflingly banal (cf. Hannah Arendt) array of activities:  singing, relaxing, laughing on group getaways, and even lighting Christmas trees.

Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE

Minnesota Bridge Hero Says ‘Nope’ to Bush

Out of every big disaster story emerges the ever-reliable “media hero/heroine” subplot.  Thus, last week’s Minneapolis bridge tragedy brought news of one Jeremy Hernandez, 20, who helped 50 children to safety after their school bus started tipping.  According to The New York Times, this particular local hero will enjoy some of the perks of his position in the spotlight, but he’s opting out of a photo op with President Bush.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE

The Real Iraq

Britain’s Channel 4 News highlights the images and stories from Iraq that have been left out of mainstream news reporting. (h/t: Crooks and Liars)

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE

rejected passport photo
From The Telegraph

Why Was This Girl’s Passport Photo Rejected?

British authorities informed the parents of this 5-year-old that the above picture would not pass official muster. Why? Ahhh…but that would ruin the suspense. You gotta jump.

Posted on Aug 16, 2006 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Jim Crow Poll Tax 2.0

GOP’ers say it’s just a coincidence that Democratic voters are the ones most likely to be disenfranchised by new photo ID requirements at the voting booths. Yeah, and I’ve got some fertile Missouri mules to sell you.

Posted on Aug 13, 2006 READ MORE

Hezbollah's suburban strategy
From The Herald Sun (Australia)

The Photos That Damn Hezbollah

An Australian newspaper published this picture of Hezbollah members manning an antiaircraft gun in a Lebanese suburb—proof that Hezbollah is using the cover of residential areas to wage its attacks on Israel and in effect using innocent civilians as human shields. Story and more photos (h/t: BuzzFlash)

Posted on Aug 1, 2006 READ MORE

Bush, Lieberman, Hillary
AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Robert Scheer: Will the Real Democrats Please Stand Up?

While Sen. Joe Lieberman has come clean as a true believer in the Bush crusade, Sen. Hillary Clinton continues to shamefully waffle on the Iraq question, which is particularly galling, given her position as the party’s supposed front-runner.

Posted on Jul 4, 2006 READ MORE

From the New York Times

Did the N.Y. Times Misidentify Abu Ghraib Detainee? presents exclusive evidence that The New York Times incorrectly identified—in a Page 1 story!—the hooded detainee shown in one of the most iconic abuse photos from the notorious Iraqi prison. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE

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