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FOX News Follies

Friday, Jul. 11, 2008 3:47 AM

So some intern or other scapegoat at FOX News did a grade-school photoshop job on the photos of two New York Times reporters, and they got caught.

Vanity Fair has decided to join in the fun by rendering a baker's dozen of FOX's on-air personalities in a similar fashion.

What likely happened at FOX News is a result of stupidity, not malice. Yes, someone photoshopped the images - that's beyond question. The altered images were doubtless stored on the same server, possibly with a name only slightly changed from the original file intended for on-air use.

That graphic then gets called up because it had the most recent time-stamp, or because the newsroom follows a common nomenclature - 1, 1A, 1B and so on.

But what makes it puzzling is that no one from FOX stepped up to the plate and said, "We fucked up." In fact, Bill O'Reilly's outrage at the Times' cartoon caricature of him makes it seem like the photoshop job and its subsequent airing was deliberate.

On the other hand, FOX is clearly not hiring graphic artists for their ability to spell, airing a map of the Middle East with the label 'Straites of Hormuz.'

And the FOX anchor reading the story called it, 'The Straits of Hormez.'

The Obama supporters who organized and engaged the good senator in a debate on his recent FISA vote have established a presence outside the Barack Obama campaign website.

Which is good, because the debate over FISA is more than a campaign issue. You can find the group here.

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