What A Disembodied Finger In This Politico’s Photo Says About Media Propaganda
I’m sure you came here just to see a disembodied finger, and I won’t disappoint you on that score. The politico in question is Obama’s condescending Press Secretary, Jay Carney, who regularly berates reporters in his quest to subvert and manipulate the truth in service to his master. In a profile of Carney’s wife in the magazine Washingtonian Mom, this photo of the loving family appears:
Cute, isn’t it? But, as savvy Twitter users noticed almost immediately, the picture is photoshopped, and not very well at that. The right side of the book case is a mirror image of the left, which poses a slight problem. A problem I like to call “disembodied finger of a child floating in air”! It’s a common photoshop mistake:
Now we’re used to Jay Carney giving us the finger, but to lop off his kid’s pinkie to prove a point is rather extreme. In any case, it’s amusing to note the lengths to which the media will go to make our statist overlords appealing to us. In the run up to the 2008 election, the Atlantic hired a venomous hate-fueled leftist photographer who took unflattering photos of John McCain for their profile.
Funny, I’ve never heard of them “accidentally” hiring a right-wing extremist who took unflattering pictures of our left-wing oppressors. And yet here we have them going out of their way to make the irascible Jay Carney look more human.
In that context, the media giving the American people “the finger” is even more symbolic.
[Note: I had the wrong images up in an earlier version of this post. Sorry for the confusion.]