Monday, May 9, 2011


Okay, you know that instantly-iconic photo of President Obama & Co in the Situation Room, monitoring the taking out of Osama bin Laden in real time?

Yeah, this one:

Well, get this:

...the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung, published in Brooklyn...photoshopped Clinton, as well at the only other woman who could be seen in the room--Audrey Tomason, the national director of counterterrorism--out of the frame.

Wait, it gets better. Why did they do this? Because ...
Hillary Clinton's expression, right hand clasped over her mouth in astonishment, is largely responsible for making the above photo iconic--and, to at least one newspaper, sexually suggestive.

Apparently this paper has a policy of never printing pictures of women, for precisely the same reason.

Now friends, you in my vast reading audience know...I don't have to look too far to find a situation or a picture sexually suggestive. I have a filthy mind with the best of 'em and I make little secret of it. But oh, my God...

This reminds us we have radical religions in this country too. It's also like the old saying: You're entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to your own facts.

Women were in the room at that moment. A woman is the freakin' Secretary of State. Another is national director of counterterrorism (I'd like to think she's a real life Chloe from the good seasons of 24). I presume they took no small part in the discussions that led to the President's decision.

As sexist as their policy may be (in fact, is), the editors and/or publishers have a right to that policy. They don't have the right to change history.

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