Monday, November 21, 2005

 

Furious

We get The NYTimes at work (don't know how long that's going to last though, because they keep sending invoices that accounting hasn't paid) - anyhow. We get The NYT, and today the front page had a lovely four picture stacked spread of President Bush. It was a shot-by-shot rundown of him walking to the door, trying to open it, making a face, and then turning around after the aide showed him where to go.

I mean, C'MON! That's ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.

Don't get me wrong. I'm an idiot when it comes to politics, so I tend to admire anyone who knows what they're talking about, whether or not I agree with them. I can take dissent. But these pictures weren't about politics, they were about trying to humiliate someone.

Where is the journalistic integrity in that? Aren't there tons of other pictures that would be better served by being on the front page of one of the most read/most seen papers in the nation? In the world?

In fact, I was close to jumping out the window today at work because I was looking for pictures for next month's articles. The topics? "Poverty" "Sadness in Africa" "Rural poverty in America". I saw a picture of a young woman whose lips were cut off by some crazy army in Uganda. I saw a series of pictures of a toddler crying at the side of a road, tugging on his dead father's shoulder.

How dare The New York Times waste so much space on such a stupid, meaningless event? How dare they forget their duty?

Comments:
In defense of the New York Times, it was the leader of the free nation and most powerful man in the world having trouble going through a door. Cause for concern, perhaps.
 
The door was locked, it wasn't like he was struggling to open it or something. It's not news-worthy, it's simply vindictive character-bashing.

I know we might be on opposite sides of the spectrum, but I definitely agree with you Meg. Such blatant twisting of issues is irresponsible no matter who does it.

-Jason
 
Wow. I think I had trouble with that door, too.
 
I'd like to think he was pulling some admirable comic relief in the often stressful world of politics.
 
I share your rage.
 
The last frame should have been that Far Side cartoon with the kid pushing with all his might on the door labeled "pull", on a building with a sign that said "School For the Gifted".

But you're right, this isn't news - everyone already knows that Bush is an idiot.
 
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