We write about Photoshop ridiculousness all the time, but this instance is a little different. A orthodox Hasidic newspaper called Der Tzitung has wiped Secy. of State Hillary Clinton and Counterterrorism Director Audrey Tomason out of the now-famous photo of US government officials watching the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s Pakistani compound, following its editorial policy never to print pictures of women.
Jezebel reports that Der Tzitung doesn’t put pictures of ladies in its pages because they could be considered sexually suggestive. But we don’t know what could be less sexy than the concern on the face of a cabinet member watching one of the most important military maneuvers in recent history go down live. Still, that consideration didn’t occur to the photo editors at Der Tzitung, who smudged Clinton right out of the history books.
We guess to be completely fair, we can’t say that we’ve read the coordinating story, so we don’t know if there’s a disclaimer in there that says, “This photo has been altered to fit our editorial policy by removing Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason in the original photo.” But even it did, it’d still be a crap move, and certainly more offensive than any hip augmentation or leg slimming on a fashion model that we’ve ever seen.
Take a look at the original (and unedited) photo below, and the way it showed up in Der Tzitung.