Friday, October 28, 2005

USA Today Removes Photograph

So, "the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face" - What a lame excuse!!!

Give me a break, her face and especially her eyes were obviously photo-shopped for the effect. If you carefully compare the before and after, even a non-expert knows better. The brightening and sharpening of her skin is negligible. The effect on her eyes is extreme and would be great if she were going to a Halloween party.

When USA Today replaced the photo, here was their comment:

Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originallyaccompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USATODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properlyadjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for sizeand adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance.In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editorbrightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnaturalappearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not inkeeping with our editorial standards.

This only serves to prove that USA Today believes the average reader is clueless. I hate to break this to you but the editors at USA Today are the ones that are clueless.

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