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Magazine apologises over McCain photos

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posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 08:45 AM
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Magazine apologises over McCain photos


news.ninemsn.com.au

The editor of a top US current affairs magazine has vowed to send an apology letter to John McCain after a photographer he hired to carry out a photo shoot with the Republican presidential candidate doctored images to portray him as bloodthirsty — literally.
(visit the link for the full news article)






[edit on 16/9/08 by WatchNLearn]




posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 08:45 AM
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Wow, this photographer has just lost her job and career for sure!!

news.ninemsn.com.au
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 08:55 AM
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Are you sure that the photo as doctored?

IMHO that pic is not to far from the truth. But seriously, the pic is obviously a joke so why are they apologizing?



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 09:00 AM
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lol, yes I can see where you are coming from and I am sure someone on ATS will be using this image as an Avatar soon. But at the end of the day, this was very unprofessional of the photographer.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 09:10 AM
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reply to post by WatchNLearn
 


Unprofessional? Yes.

Uncalled for? No

True? Yes.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 10:55 AM
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reply to post by Kryties
 


I would so totally love to photoshop a picture of Obama with his head up his butt followed with exactly what you just posted, only in relation to the Obama photo, right now just to demonstrate to you how ridiculous your post was. Only problem is I believe it would likely violate the new anti-political bullcrap rule we're supposedly under right now. I say "supposedly" because I'd have thought i said rule existed, your post would have been replaced with a nanny banner by now. Guess I'd have thought wrong...

This little piece of artwork reminds me of a bad X-files episode. It's par for the course these days, however. At least it's an obvious mockery instead of the usual "We'll just darken OJ's face a bit more to make him look more black and more dangerous" or the "Let's take a photo of Obama with the Invesco Field lights behind his head to make him look angellic with a halo" nonsense that often goes un-noticed and works on a subconcious level to alter the reader's perceptions of an individual.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:04 AM
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Political satire is protected under the 1st amendment....

C'mon guys.....this is just a joke. Funny, non?



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:09 AM
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Originally posted by burdman30ott6
reply to post by Kryties
 


I would so totally love to photoshop a picture of Obama with his head up his butt followed with exactly what you just posted, only in relation to the Obama photo, right now just to demonstrate to you how ridiculous your post was.


Not to burst your little political bubble or anything but I'm not American therefore I couldn't give a rat's bottom about either McCain nor Obama


Although if I were, I still would vote neither...I prefer truthful, honest people like Ron Paul




[edit on 16/9/2008 by Kryties]



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:11 AM
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Looking at that photo, I get the impression that McCain is a vile blood sucking shark. I do see how there is room for apologies.

Disclaimer: My negative views towards McCain does not represent the views of ATS Mods or Owners. It only represent the thoughts of "The Chief Moron At The Switch!"



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:20 AM
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Originally posted by Grafilthy
Political satire is protected under the 1st amendment....

C'mon guys.....this is just a joke. Funny, non?


No, it is not a joke.

It is a somewhat subliminal attempt to influence people's opinions of the candidates. Show negative or positive photos enough and it starts to stick in people minds. Would it be so easy for some to take Obama seriously if MSM photos of him were doctored to make his ears look out of proportion. It's exactly the same kind of thing that we're discussing.

I'm old enough to remember the Carter - Ford election, which is where I first noticed this sort of media bias. Anyone else old enough to remember, think back. It wasn't as sophisticated as can be done today, but when you think back, you'll recall that newspaper and TV photos of Carter were all smiles and upbeat, while corresponding photos of Ford all had him looking like he was about to throw up.

Now, if you were an "undecided" person and that's all you ever saw of the candidates, tell me that would not have had an effect on your decision on how you wanted to vote.

The worst thing os that the MSM is way better at it now and only the very foolish and clumsy - like this photographer - get caught doing it.

One last thought on this. Everyone is blaming the photographer for this, but management at the magazine also had to approve the photos.

[edit on 9/16/2008 by centurion1211]



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:21 AM
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The camera doesn't lie I would say...


That person's career is far from over, I'm sure they'll be getting offers for work many other places that see McCain for the true flip-flopping, doesn't know the truth, A-hole he's become.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:24 AM
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False outrage really doesn't work anymore. We are well aware of the tactic.

I find all these pictures to be funny, regardless of the politician. Have a little fun......it's not mean spirited.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:29 AM
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Originally posted by Grafilthy
reply to post by centurion1211
 


False outrage really doesn't work anymore. We are well aware of the tactic.

I find all these pictures to be funny, regardless of the politician. Have a little fun......it's not mean spirited.


I didn't say it was "mean spirited". I said it was being done in a cold, calculating manner to try and influence the election.

Also, easier to "have a little fun" if it is being done to both sides equally. Now, show me some MSM photos of Obama that have been doctored. Remember, I said Main Stream Media photos, not those from internet blogs.

[edit on 9/16/2008 by centurion1211]



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:33 AM
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There were plenty.....I saw all the Avatars you guys had.
Please just see the humor in it....and move on.

I am just starting to enjoy ATS again WITHOUT all the divisive drivel. If you could, try to let these things go...so we can look at the issues together in a bi-partisan way, then we can make some progress.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:40 AM
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Originally posted by Grafilthy
reply to post by centurion1211
 

There were plenty.....I saw all the Avatars you guys had.
Please just see the humor in it....and move on.

I am just starting to enjoy ATS again WITHOUT all the divisive drivel. If you could, try to let these things go...so we can look at the issues together in a bi-partisan way, then we can make some progress.


You first. Bi-partisan?
If you were even close to being bi-partisan I wouldn't be having to repeatedly explain this to you.

Do you not understand the difference between an ATS avatar and media outlets with circulations in the millions? I did my best to highlight that for you.
And people don't even have to buy the magazines, etc., because they can still see the pictures on newsstands, etc. as they walk by.

[edit on 9/16/2008 by centurion1211]



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:40 AM
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Originally posted by centurion1211
Now, show me some MSM photos of Obama that have been doctored. Remember, I said Main Stream Media photos, not those from internet blogs.


If it hasn't been done already, I am sure it will be


If this were an Aussie election all the candidates would have had photoshopped images and cartoons plastered all over the media and we Aussies would see the humour in them that they deserve.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:43 AM
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The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.


I think some of y'all are missing the point here.

The photographer was hired - paid by McCain to take publicity photos. The photographer doctored the photos and released them.

Point being - it's not the satire that's got McCain's panties in a bunch, it's the fact that the photographer used paid time to make McCain look ridiculous. It would be like hiring a photographer to take shots of a watch for a magazine add, and having the photographer use them to release a parody add about the world's ugliest watch. NOT professional.

It's just a business ethics issue.

[edit] My mistake, McCain didn't pay her. Still, he let her take the shots with the understanding she was playing it straight. The core issue is the same - business ethics.


As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.


[edit on 16-9-2008 by WyrdeOne]

[edit on 16-9-2008 by WyrdeOne]



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:49 AM
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It's just a business ethics issue.

That being said......I think it needs to be moved out of the politics forum as it has no bearing on politics IMHO.



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 11:51 AM
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Fair call. I did assert that it was unprofessional of the photographer and McCain has every right to be peaved.

Doesn't disqualify it's truthfulness though



posted on Sep, 16 2008 @ 12:28 PM
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