Thursday, March 16, 2006


Check out how the venerable (?) New York Times Magazine depicted Virginia governor and Presidential dark horse candidate Mark Warner (see here for more):

No, he wasn't really wearing a maroon jacket. Nor was he wearing a cheesy "anti-Hilary button) See here for some actual original stills from the photo shoot. The New York Times apologized, sort of, for this (thanks to Ann Althouse):
The cover photograph in The Times Magazine on Sunday rendered colors incorrectly for the jacket, shirt and tie worn by Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor who is a possible candidate for the presidency. The jacket was charcoal, not maroon; the shirt was light blue, not pink; the tie was dark blue with stripes, not maroon.

The Times's policy rules out alteration of photographs that depict actual news scenes and, even in a contrived illustration, requires acknowledgment in a credit. In this case, the film that was used can cause colors to shift, and the processing altered them further; the change escaped notice because of a misunderstanding by the editors.

Does this matter? Should it? Discuss ....

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