Conservative Hasidic Publication Photoshops Clinton from Situation Room Photo

It's a foregone conclusion that the situation room photo is iconic of the operation to kill Osama bin Laden. Even if you can't identify anyone else in the room, President Obama looking stressed with an over-the-knee lean and Secretary Clinton with her hand over her mouth [even if it is just a cough] accurately evokes the stress and fear certain to accompany such an operation. But this week, Der Zeitung, a conservative Hasidic publication based in Brooklyn, edited Clinton out of the photo, along with Audrey Tomasen, the counterterroism expert standing at the back of the room in the photo.

The Jerusalem Post speculated that the photoshop job was in keeping with the paper's policy of never publishing women in photographs in case they are viewed as 'sexually suggestive,' though one click glance at Hillary reveals her outfit covers everything but her neck, hands and head. Either that, the Post wrote, or she may have been edited out because of the belief that women should not hold positions of power... Der Zeitunghad no comment.

According to Jewish Week's Rabbi Jason Miller, the removal was an 'act of censorship' and 'a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g'neivat da'at(deceit).'

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 9, 2011, 4:31am

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