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1 iceweasel  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:28:00am

What a wonderful paper the Moonie Times is.

2 Charles Johnson  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:39:58am

Gaffney is a loon, but more than that, he’s connected to Eurofascist groups and promotes them in the US.

3 Stanley Sea  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 6:18:47pm

Idiots. Outrageous fear that cannot be fact checked generates enough page views etc.

The 4th Estate used to be a helpful check on the powers that be. Now they’ve sold their soul for the dollar. I give it no break because it’s the Moonie Times.

I’m really disgusted.

4 Michael McBacon  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:00:16pm

re: #2 Charles

Like Vlaams Belang?

5 lostlakehiker  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:31:41pm

The Washington Times graphic alongside the article is captioned “Illustration: Kagan and Shariah”. Since they explicitly declare that the graphic is an illustration, rather than an outright photo, it is not altogether accurate to write that the article was run “alongside a doctored photo of Kagan in a turban…”, text that suggests that the Washington Times presented the image as an authentic record of a real event. Which they didn’t.

6 Lidane  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:56:35pm

re: #5 lostlakehiker

You’re playing semantics. The fact is, they ran an obviously Photoshopped image of Kagan in a turban next to an op-ed that spins a wild conspiracy theory of her supporting Sharia law. How is that in any way acceptable?

7 Stanley Sea  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 8:59:04pm

re: #6 Lidane

You’re playing semantics. The fact is, they ran an obviously Photoshopped image of Kagan in a turban next to an op-ed that spins a wild conspiracy theory of her supporting Sharia law. How is that in any way acceptable?

Crazy paranoid smear right in front of your face, and there’s some denial?

Pitiful, but you know that.

8 lostlakehiker  Wed, Jun 23, 2010 11:37:24pm

re: #6 Lidane

You’re playing semantics. The fact is, they ran an obviously Photoshopped image of Kagan in a turban next to an op-ed that spins a wild conspiracy theory of her supporting Sharia law. How is that in any way acceptable?

I didn’t say it was acceptable. I said that the post here verged on overstating the extent of the Times’ malfeasance. An “illustration” that hints Kagan accepts Shariah is out of place and not warranted by the facts of what she did or didn’t do at Harvard.

What that illustration is not is a “doctored photo” in the sense that Reuter’s fauxtographs were doctored. Because the illustration is not presented as an authentic record of an actual event, but is explicitly labeled an illustration.

We at this blog are playing for fairly high stakes. If our collective accuracy is high enough, we become a credible source. If we skate on thin ice from time to time, claiming more than is quite warranted by the facts, even when our basic point is correct, we can lose credibility points.

9 Lidane  Thu, Jun 24, 2010 8:31:24am

re: #8 lostlakehiker

What that illustration is not is a “doctored photo” in the sense that Reuter’s fauxtographs were doctored. Because the illustration is not presented as an authentic record of an actual event, but is explicitly labeled an illustration.

We at this blog are playing for fairly high stakes. If our collective accuracy is high enough, we become a credible source. If we skate on thin ice from time to time, claiming more than is quite warranted by the facts, even when our basic point is correct, we can lose credibility points.

You’re still playing semantics. It is clearly a photo of Kagan that has been doctored to put her in a turban in order to suggest that she is somehow subservient to Sharia law. I don’t care if they call it an “illustration” or not.

It’s not skirting the facts or skating on thin ice at all when we’re talking about a photo of this woman that has been altered in order to make a political point.


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