Sunday, January 22, 2006

What's up with that head shot?

Back when I was a reporter for a small newspaper in Vermont, I'd watch in awe as our photographer went through an entire roll of film just to get a head shot of a subject. Didn't matter if it was a big-wig politician (like Howard Dean) or a retiring teacher, he'd patiently shoot dozens of pictures just to make sure he'd get a good one. Then he'd agonize over which one to use in the paper, wanting to make sure that the picture was as flattering as possible. This was before digital photography, so it was an interesting process.

But that photog also showed me how the Associated Press photos that we got over the wire could easily be manipulated to say something about the subject. The AP would send several pictures of every prominent person in the news that day, and it would be up to the newspaper's editors to decide which to use. At our left-leaning newspaper, we often ran pictures of Republicans with their mouths contorted into some evil grimace and Democrats with pleasant smiles. Most media outlets in the country do that. A recent example is that first debate between Bush and Kerry, where the split-screen was manipulated to make the president seem as tall as the challenger.

That said, what can (should) we think about the people in charge of the WBBM Newsradio 780 website, where every photo of Governor Blagojevich makes him look like such a goof?

8 Comments:

Blogger FresH20 said...

I think all that hair on Blago's head is a big charisma mop. Any bit that eminates from beneath the baby fat in his cheeks gets sopped up by the permasheen field on his head.

3:09 PM  
Blogger art attack said...

I was gonna get into the whole so called liberal media but in the end, I am sick of talking about how everything is slanted against Democrats and take this just as a funny thing to do with our funny governor.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Christian Hartwig said...

Speaking of hair, what the hell is Sam Donaldson thinking? I was watching him on the Sunday morning political rants and he's got a comb over almost as bad as Trump’s.
Why is hair so important to you anyway, Andy? Do you fear the Blago-do? Or are you jealous that you can’t get your hair to do that?

8:36 PM  
Blogger ap said...

I am actually working on a Blago-do.
This post, however, had nothing to do with hair. I was just wondering why, having access to thousands of images of Blagojevich, the WBBM site insists on putting up horrible shots of him. I saw a different one last week and thought about copying it just to have for my own files the next time I want to write about the governor. Today's is not as bad as that one was, but still, couldn't they have done a better job of cropping? Anyway, to respond to art, it's one thing for a blogger or other non-professional to make fun of Democrats or Republicans or whoever, but a "legitimate" news organization shouldn't be that obvious in its biases.

9:18 PM  
Blogger ap said...

incidentally, speaking of hair, here's a really good blonde joke.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous adp said...

That joke almost makes me want to start writing my own blog.

7:20 PM  
Anonymous adp said...

Sorry for the double post but I'm curious if the awesome joke link is just a tawdry attempt at upping your page views?

7:26 PM  
Anonymous The Mom said...

Ok, so how many clicks does it take before a blonde gets it?? Well, I'm still clicking....

2:56 PM  

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