CBS News has been getting on my nerves. Each time a story breaks regarding the Bush administration, they carefully structure it in the most sympathetic way possible. Case in point, the latest speech. It’s subtle, but when the lead begins it’s worked before, but it didn’t work this time you’re left with the impression that this contrived rhetoric should work.
But behind the image, there’s something more insidious. The CBS photo (credited as a CBS photo, at least) is the officially sanctioned White House PR photo slightly cropped and lightened. There were no photographers allowed, and it doesn’t look like a frame grab. This PDN story has the background on the uproar—conveniently ignored by CBS, in the service of conveying the official party line.