Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Orthodox Jewish newspaper apologises for removing Hilary Clinton from White House photo

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Top: Di Tzeitung's page featuring the
doctored image. Clinton can be seen
on the right in the original (bottom)
A Brooklyn-based Orthodox Jewish newspaper, Di Tzeitung, has had to issue an apology after it digitally removed US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton from the photo of President Obama and his colleagues watching the raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in the White House Situation Room.

The newspaper has a "long standing editorial policy" of not publishing photos of women, based on a belief "that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like". "The Jewish laws of modesty," said the paper, "are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite."

Di Tzeitung, which is published in Yiddish and sold throughout the New York area, acknowledged that it "should not have published the picture" and apologised to the White House and the Department of State, stating that it should have followed the "fine print" from the White House which prohibited altering the photo. Photoshop had been used to remove Clinton, as well as a second woman, counterterrorism director Audrey Tomason.
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