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Daily Show Criticizes Newsweek For Running Unflattering Photo Of Michelle Bachmann

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Formaldehyde, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. RedRalph

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    We can argue over whether the socialist or capitalist cockroaches have a better plan for Europe. That article makes me feel somewhat better though, she has so many skeletons in her closet. If the Democrats don't chicken out of attacking her over them (that's a pretty big if, they are incredibly cowardly), Obama will annihilate her.
     
  2. Ajidica

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    She will annihilate herself. The primary reason she has managed to stay in office is that her district has been gerrymandered to include lots of very conservative individuals.
     
  3. bob bobato

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    So what if its an accurate, factual picture? It would also be an accurate, factual picture if they had used the best picture she'd ever taken. Any picture would have been accurate, and any picture of anyone could be good or bad. Since everyone wants to look their best, and since facial expressions don't actualy say anything about people's craziness or ideas as anyone could look like anything, it only seems fair to use the best photo available.
     
  4. RedRalph

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    I'd advise people to read that link Winner posted. The woman is clinically insane. much more than I had realised.
     
  5. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    I live in Minnesota, the state where her district is. I think I know how crazy she is.
     
  6. RedRalph

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    I know a lot about politicians having their photos taken and how controlled it is (at least in this country), and they usually do not get to pick in that manner.
     
  7. Truthy

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    Here's my favorite part:

     
  8. SuperJay

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    [Edit - consolidated posts.]
     
  9. SuperJay

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    That would actually be the opposite of "fair." Let me ask you: if that's "fair," why does every other media outlet do the exact same thing? Are they all "unfair" - right, left, and center across the board?

    Re-read my post about how all publications pick photos that suit the content of their articles. "Fairness: has nothing to do with it. HuffPo wants to castigate Boehner's handling of the debt ceiling deal? They put up a pic from last year of Boehner looking disappointed, abashed, eyes down, frowning. Fox wants to critique Obama's reelection chances based on the economy? They use a photo that shows Obama looking frustrated or upset - that was taken before he was President. Are these things "fair" by your definition of the word (which seems to mean "100% beneficial to")? No, of course not; but again, the media's role is not in ensuring that our political figures always look as attractive as possible!

    So is it appalling when another media outlet does it to someone who is President?? You simply can't argue that Newsweek is wrong and every other media outlet is okay.

    Oh, okay, so it only matters for presidential candidates - they should be made to look as attractive as possible in every story in every media outlet, but stories about other politicians or public figures - well, it's open season on them? That's a laughable differentiation.

    Show me where I said it was wrong for anyone to do it, Mobster. Go ahead. I dare you.

    You don't have to like this practice, but you need to either drop either this faux outrage over Newsweek or start getting outraged over USA Today, Fox News, the Washington Post, The National Review, The New Republic... you name it, they do the same exact thing. When's the last time you saw an article critical of a political figure show a picture of that person cheering, grinning wildly, pumping their fist and generally looking awesome? Conversely, when's the last time you saw an article applauding a political figure use a photo that showed them shamefaced, frowning, downcast, resigned, or upset? It rarely happens because this is standard practice. I'm not defending it, I'm just surprised that you're unaware how commonplace it really is, and seem to think Newsweek somehow invented it. Would you be this upset if The National Review showed an unflattering photo of Obama on the cover? [Because holy crap I'm even better than I thought and bring you....]

    The latest edition of The National Review!!



    Is it fair for the National Review to use this unflattering photo? He's our President, we should honor that office so he should look his best, right? Isn't it this conservative publication's responsibility to ensure that our President is portrayed looking as handsome as possible at all times?
     
  10. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Fox News photo of Nancy Pelosi:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...-church-play-major-role-immigration-overhaul/



    Another one:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/17/pelosi-facing-dissent-party/



    Nancy Pelosi in Damascus courtesy of Rush Limbaugh:

    http://www.charmaineyoest.com/2007/05/todays_miltary_mission_win_war.php





    From a Republican blog:

    http://www.sodahead.com/united-stat...question-1803681/?link=ibaf&q=fox+news+pelosi




    Another Republican blog:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2011/05/19/...ced-lie-on-obamacare-waivers-in-her-district/



    From "Magic Negro Watch":

    http://magicnegrowatch.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html



    Conservative children's book: Help! Mom! The Radicals Are Ruining My Country!

    http://boingboing.net/2009/11/16/conservative-childre.html



     
  11. Berzerker

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    I did not know this...If its okay to doctor photos of people to make them look awful then I suppose its okay for Newsweek to use an unflattering photo that hasn't been doctored. But it aint okay... Nor is it nearly as shameful as what Fox did.
     
  12. MobBoss

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    Are you a mental health professional? :lol:

    Dont get me wrong, I get what you are saying. There are things about her that bug me too.
     
  13. BasketCase

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    It's not just Jon Stewart that's got his knickers in a twist. Womens' groups are also mad at Newsweek for painting a woman unflatteringly.
     
  14. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust Absolutely Sane

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  15. RedRalph

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    I am, don't you remember the time I diagnosed Saudi Arabia as being bat-excrement insane on this very forum?
     
  16. Ziggy Stardust

    Ziggy Stardust Absolutely Sane

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    GamezRule Inconceivable!

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    To be fair, it's only media bias when it hurts the right. Otherwise it is "fair and balanced."
     
  18. Ayatollah So

    Ayatollah So the spoof'll set you free

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    Jon Stewart has never been afraid to call BS on his "own side" in partisan wars. What really amazed me was that I saw the same complaint on ...
    wait for it ...
    MSNBC! Specifically the "Morning Joe" show.

    I don't get TV at home (I was in a hotel), so I don't know if "Morning Joe" is the one and only semi-balanced show on MSNBC? And maybe they were just echoing Stewart. But, I had been led to believe that MSNBC was simply the mirror image of Fox. Now I'm not so sure. Has Fox ever criticized an unfair portrayal of a leading Democrat? Especially a portrayal whose unfairness consists not in retouching the photo (or, to broaden the issue, telling lies) but in selecting an awful one (or being absurdly selective in reporting facts)?
     
  19. Whiskey_Lord

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    Well, at least they didn't show this:

    Spoiler :
     

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