Where’s Hillary? Hasidic paper breaks the rules by editing Clinton out of White House photo

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    May 09, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
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    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.

    In the photo, President Obama and his national security team are huddled around a conference table in the White House Situation Room, watching CIA director Leon Panetta narrate last Sunday's raid on Osama bin Laden's compound. The mood is clearly tense.

    When Women's Wear Daily consulted a coterie of photo editors and designers about why the image is "destined to be one for the history books," Clinton was foremost in their responses.

    "The Hillary Clinton expression is the one that holds the photograph fully," Time's photo director told the magazine. "You can see 10 years of tension and heartache and anger in Hillary's face," Conde Nast's Scott Dadich agreed.

    Turns out she was probably just coughing during that crucial moment captured by White House photographer Pete Souza. But nevertheless, the image still proved a bit too racy for at least one of the many newspapers that printed it.

    That would be the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic broadsheet Der Tzitung, published in Brooklyn. The paper 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.

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    "Apparently the presence of a woman, any woman, being all womanly and sexy all over the United States' counterterrorism efforts was too much for the editors of Der Tzitung to handle," noted the prominent women's blog Jezebel.

    Indeed, "The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive," Rabbi Jason Miller explains in The Jewish Week. Though he notes that the publication's "fauxtograpphing" may in fact be a graver act against their religious tenets: "To my mind, this act of censorship is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g'neivat da'at (deceit)."

    Beyond that, Der Tzitung's editors apparently missed or blatantly ignored the guidelines stipulated on the official White House Flickr page, where the photo was released for use by news organizations: "The photograph may not be manipulated in any way."

    The White House has not issued a response on the altered image.

    UPDATE: The editors of Der Tzitung have apologized to the White House for altering the photo and responded to the Wasington Post with a comment clarifiying their position:

    "In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive."
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    May 09, 2011 10:56 PM GMT
    Ach religion is soooo pathetic. I find their obvious misogyny to be utterly contemptible.
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    May 09, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidAch religion is soooo pathetic. I find their obvious misogyny to be utterly contemptible.
    Agreed.
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    May 09, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
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    TigerTim saidAch religion is soooo pathetic. I find their obvious misogyny to be utterly contemptible.
    Agreed.


    Yup.
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    May 09, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    Seems that in every religion there is a branch or two of Fanatics that just cannot abide life without making it miserable in their service to 'jesus', allah, or yahweh. They somehow think misery makes them closer to their respective gods, that in itself should tell them somethings wrong !! If only the world could be free of religious shackles.
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    May 09, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    The other woman in the photo (on the right) is missing too. icon_eek.gif

    As if she could be distracting the Hasidic male readers with her face.
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    May 09, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    Draper said"In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive."

    WHAT??? Sorry, but that IS offensive to Americans. This is our US Secretary of State. And this is a Jewish paper? And the US is supposed to support the Jews? For all the money we give them? WTF???

    To Hell with Jews. They have caused us nothing but trouble in the Middle East. This is just another example why we should dump them, and take a more pragmatic view of the Middle East. We don't need them, they don't provide us oil or anything else. All they have are several million of their people residing here in the US, who have a big influence on US politics. But no actual benefit to the US at all.
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    May 09, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
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    To Hell with Jews. They have caused us nothing but trouble in the Middle East. This is just another example why we should dump them, and take a more pragmatic view of the Middle East. We don't need them, they don't provide us oil or anything else. All they have are several million of their people residing here in the US, who have a big influence on US politics. But no actual benefit to the US at all.




    You are sooooooooo not invited to the Bar Mitzvah!!!
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    May 10, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    To Hell with Jews. They have caused us nothing but trouble in the Middle East. This is just another example why we should dump them, and take a more pragmatic view of the Middle East. We don't need them, they don't provide us oil or anything else. All they have are several million of their people residing here in the US, who have a big influence on US politics. But no actual benefit to the US at all.

    You are sooooooooo not invited to the Bar Mitzvah!!!

    I don't think it will bother me at all. More money and US lives wasted there for no good purpose isn't something I support at all. Do you?
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    May 10, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
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    Draper said"In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive."

    WHAT??? Sorry, but that IS offensive to Americans. This is our US Secretary of State. And this is a Jewish paper? And the US is supposed to support the Jews? For all the money we give them? WTF???

    To Hell with Jews. They have caused us nothing but trouble in the Middle East. This is just another example why we should dump them, and take a more pragmatic view of the Middle East. We don't need them, they don't provide us oil or anything else. All they have are several million of their people residing here in the US, who have a big influence on US politics. But no actual benefit to the US at all.
    Actually Bob, this is about HASIDIC Jews.. they are no different from fundamentalist Muslims, Christians or any other extreme fringe group of religious nutcases.
    I have seen what these hasidic creeps have done to their own country by my own eyes on their soil. But the run of the mill average Jews cannot stand them either.
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    May 10, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    TropicalMark saidActually Bob, this is about HASIDIC Jews.. they are no different from fundamentalist Muslims, Christians or any other extreme fringe group of religious nutcases.
    I have seen what these hasidic creeps have done to their own country by my own eyes on their soil. But the run of the mill average Jews cannot stand them either.

    OK, the difference is a difference. Thank you for pointing this out, and correcting me,
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    May 10, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    Are the Hasidic jews the group of fanatics that actually had a leader who stated that Palestinian and all other races are here merely for the benefit of the Jews? From my reading this groups believers are the primary residents of the settlement where the unfortunate Fogel family lived. Unless its another religious fanatic group. Most jews would be appalled by such beliefs.

    Again, every religion has its fanatics !!