Hillary Clinton photoshopped from Situation Room by Jewish paper
A Yiddish New York newspaper has apologised after printing a reproduction of the photo of Obama and his national security team watching the bin Laden raid, minus Hillary Clinton.
The original picture, taken by White House photographer, has appeared in media outlets around the world and shows Obama and aides including vice president Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watching footage of the operation in ‘real time’ as members of the US Security forces killed the Al-Qaeda leader in his Abbottabad compound in Pakistan.
The version for Yiddish daily Di Tzeitung, however, edited out Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason. Their reasoning? The New York paper has a policy against publishing photographs of women as they could be seen as 'sexually suggestive'.
The paper's editor Albert Friedman has since apologised, however, and said that its photo editor, "in his haste", did not read the proviso that states that the official White House photograph 'may not be manipulated in any way'.
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"The guy got carried away in the euphoria of the victory and he wanted to show what he could do in Photoshop," Friedman said.
Di Tzeitung also said that its readers “believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite”.
"In retrospect, we apologize for any misunderstanding that this might have caused," the paper's statement read. "We should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House and to the State Department."