USA Today: Unethical
I have to say, the pictures that Michelle Malkin has up of Condoleeza Rice put to rest any questions about the ethics of the people at USA Today.
Compared to the actual photo.
Touching up a picture to fix some minor things is one thing, but to change the appearance of the person in such an obvious and dramatic manner is quite another. Not only has USA Today whitened the whites of Condoleeza Rice’s eyes, but they have enlarged them. And while I am not sure, it also looks like they have done some other manipulation to the face, perhaps the jaw line.
Michelle points out that USA Today‘s Graphics and Photos Managing Editor and that his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I agree with Michelle that e-mailing him and asking what is going on over there is probably a good idea.
Update: Looks like USA Today has decided to cover its ass,
Editor’s note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY’s editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice’s face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.
Sure, I believe them…don’t you? Simply ridiculous.