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11/4/2010

WTF?! CBS/AP Creates a Picture of Obama with one Side of his Face Darker Than the Other?

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 1:23 pm



[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]

I am writing this with a complete sense of disbelief.  This is a picture credited to “CBS/AP” and, well… look at it:

Yeah, that’s really creepy.  They chose to divide the president’s face in half and then make one side darker than the other.  And of course the darker side is the one with the Democrats on it; and the lighter side is the one with the Republicans on it.

Creative Minority Report takes it apart nicely:

Are they saying that Obama will have to act white with Republicans?

How could anyone think that changing the President’s skin tone like this would be a good idea? This has got to be either one of the most racially insensitive and just plain ol’ stupid photoshops a major news organization has done since Time Magazine blackened OJ Simpson’s face. The idiocy of this is only heightened by the fact that Obama’s heritage is mixed.

So after months of specious accusations of racism, CBS and the AP appear to be delivering the real thing.

Well, either that or they are trying to say Obama is really Bele:

Ironically, I think our president is enough of a nerd to have gotten that joke without the photographic aid.

(And I call him a “nerd” affectionately.)

Hat tip:  The Blaze.

Update: And for more actual racism, check out this page at the daily kos.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

48 Responses to “WTF?! CBS/AP Creates a Picture of Obama with one Side of his Face Darker Than the Other?”

  1. Yeah, I saw this. This was entirely stupid.

    It might even be worse than Chris Mathews calling Michelle Bachman a moron on air after she won her seat.

    Media bias? Nah! The media is always calling victorious Democrats morons live on air during a national election.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  2. Comparing Obama the talentless to the greatly talented Frank Gorshin is an abomination.

    SPQR (159590)

  3. SPQR

    i was wondering if it is coded. Remember the picture of the “joker” obama. Well, Gorshin was the Riddler. Hmmm…..

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  4. Well, maybe they wanted Boehner to be darker than Obama on that side.

    Mike K (d6b02c)

  5. I cannot believe how racist you are.

    JD (1ab591)

  6. Thank goodness they got the sides and the colors matched correctly. Otherwise, they’d be saying that obviously he’s an inferior being. (You have to know the Star Trek episode to get it.)

    Diffus (228fe4)

  7. btw, before anyone gets upset, jd is joking.

    mike k

    at the CMR blog someone said “Looks like the tan lept off Boehner and onto Obama.”

    Which i admit is pretty funny.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  8. diffus

    well, wiki says that bele is the bad one. and honestly i don’t remember.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_That_Be_Your_Last_Battlefield

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  9. Frank Gorshin was a funny m*@#$%&!er

    And the duality of this Obama picture reminds me that Roddy Piper painted half his body to go up against Bad News Brown in WMVI.*spoiler alert* It was a Broadway, double-count out outside the ring. Tough to make money betting against the Hot Rod…

    TimesDisliker (389035)

  10. Re: the Kos post:

    I’m white. I’m on the right on some stuff.

    But I’m not really angry. I’m kind of tired though. And hungry. Does that count?

    Ken (2e87a6)

  11. What’s funny about this photoshop is that the actual point of the Trek episode was that this distinction of color doesn’t matter.

    It’s not like Obama lost favor with the right because he’s too black, or with the left because he’s too white. In fact, blacks shifted to the right by 5% this election. Should we photoshop all of them with a white arm?

    This argument works just as well if Obama’s black on the right and white on the left, which was the point of the show. People who want to chop out society into little enemy teams need to ____ity ___.

    Loquacious D (b54cdc)

  12. I still remember watching Gorshin’s spot – on impersonations of Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. Hilarious.

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  13. Notice how the flag pin is on the Republican side? It’s like they’re saying Democrats aren’t really Americans.

    malclave (1db6c5)

  14. The Daily Kos is a useful indicator of just how zany the left can be. I read a couple of books a couple of years ago about the politics of the “millenials.” If Obama had actually tried to govern from the center, there might be a threat to the Republicans, at least the tea party wing.

    The Democrats are all about tactics. If you read their blogs, as I do, you see almost nothing about policy. They assume that, given sufficient exposure to left wing ideology, everyone would agree with it. It never occurs to them that, as Reagan once said of communism, left wing ideology is insanity. It doesn’t work and that has been proven over and over again. Young people tend to buy it in times of prosperity because they are constantly indoctrinated in school but, given a chance to see a real test of whether it works, they are disillusioned.

    I read in disbelief my daughter’s class material at U of Arizona. It came right out of Daily Kos diaries. She is now back in California, has a pretty decent job as a waitress and is going to school in San Diego, seeking admission to SD State in the spring. She is learning from the school of hard knocks and there is no better place to learn. Another waiter didn’t show up for work the other night and suddenly she was getting twice the number of customers she is supposed to. She has only been a waitress for a couple of months after being promoted from hostess. She had a panic attack. Her mother went over and got her and took her to dinner and she calmed down.

    She was back to work her next shift and the manager was apologetic. There is just no better experience than that. My kids that are left wing are the most educated and had the least work experience at menial and low status jobs.

    The precious lefties like Obama will never understand that. They are all theory. I had at least 20 jobs of various kinds from the age of 9 on. I was a union member (The Teamsters) and even attended a strike vote. I was in the Warehouseman’s Union. I worked with guys who were illiterate. You can’t have better experience.

    Mike K (d6b02c)

  15. :facepalm:

    I wonder if there wasn’t a real photo, a flash only going off on one side, perhaps, that inspired this? But even if there was, to publish it?

    htom (412a17)

  16. Why did they make his half-white side on the Right?

    JD (c8c1d2)

  17. A lot of irony here.

    The anti-elitist teabaggers who are supposedly ‘taking America back’ are giving it away to corporate interests and the elite. The ‘baggers have proven to be apt pawns, an easily manipulated bunch. Scare them with Fox manufactured threats from anyone who doesn’t look or pray like them, throw in ample rhetoric like ‘socialist,’ ‘marxist,’ ACORN, etc… fund through big polluting corps including foreign interests, and they’ll have them right in their pocket. Bush screwed us for 8 yrs, but thanks for blaming the black guy just 22 months on the job.

    w (9df40f)

  18. ^”…he screeched, manically pulling on his pud.”

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  19. You know, one of the things I have noticed about the Left, especially when they get so very angry, is how projective they are: they externalize their own fears and worries onto a constructed boogeyman.

    The DK article was hysterical. The author never considers how that was precisely how folks felt two years ago, when this Adminstration’s goals became clear. And when 2012 goes further, they will continue to stamp their feet and hold their breath. Why can’t everyone be as smart and edgy and cool as they are?

    And as for Professor Yelverton? Well, I think he knows full well how Obama and company used his own Progressive dreams against him. I love how Zamfir of the Panpipes rails against the corporate interests and elites. How much is that India trip costing? And he even throws in the insulting term for a Tea Party person. As always, classy. Manufactured threats, in a thread where the DK post was discussed? Really?

    My favorite bit was the foreign funding and polluter smear against the Republicans. Because, of course, Obama and his cronies haven’t taken a dime of foreign money, and didn’t completely screw up the Gulf.

    Then he finishes by playing the tired racist canard.

    It’s not the color of Obama’s skin that rankles, as Dennis Miller puts it. It’s the thinness of that skin.

    And that goes for the whole foot stomping hissy fit Progressive wing right now.

    Amusing, really.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  20. The only irony, yelverton, is that you think parroting talking points from rawstory, thinkregress, and mediamatterz counts as “thought” while at the same time considering yourself and academic. And, you are a racist midget hilljack that plagiarizes. So, you have that going for you.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  21. JD, do tell about the plagiarism charge. I know that Professor Yelverton is a nutjob about “organic foods” and such. But he is so sciency!

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  22. Who is this yelverton and why does JD want so badly to suck his cock?

    w (9df40f)

  23. Eric Blair,
    Please tell us about your personal relationship with Christ.

    Also, tell us what former VP’s was CEO for the company that was culpible for the BP spill?

    w (9df40f)

  24. @ Eric Blair:

    Is this a 1984 event or an Animal Farm event?

    Captain Ned (20199e)

  25. W, Cheney has had nothing to do with Halliburton for many years, so your attempt to tar with with the BP spill is the usual fraud you truck in here.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  26. Eric – it has a habit of lifting entire sections, paragraphs, etc … Straight from other sources, and not quoting it, linking it, or in any way recognizing that it issuing someone else’s words as his won. Actually, as it is doing here, it is hiding behind a not very subtle name trying to act like it is not him, just like wen he commented under the name of Pam. Cowardly, he is. Oh, and when you call him on his plagiarism, he once defended it as not being plagiarism because he says that comments are not published. It is remarkable.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  27. William Yelverton – what is your obsession with having oral sex with people that disagree with you? Do you kiss your cat with that mouf?

    JD (c8c1d2)

  28. And it is culpable, not culpible. Quit trying to use words that you do not know what they mean, especially if you don’t know how to spell them.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  29. That skinflute must be mighty chapped by now.

    Dmac (ad2c6a)

  30. He just needs to use his Slapchop more.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  31. Excellent comment, Mike K.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  32. Eric Blair – does that fit with your understanding of plagiarism?

    JD (c8c1d2)

  33. Bush screwed us for 8 yrs, but thanks for blaming the black guy just 22 months on the job.

    I find it interesting you felt the need to mention our President’s color. Are you always in the habit of identifying people by their skin color?

    Excellent comment, Mike K.

    Ditto. Mike K, you should comment more frequently. It’s always insightful and a learning experience.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  34. Mike K – I have a daily read of 3-4 leftist websites, outside of the MFM. It is interesting. Instructive.

    JD (c8c1d2)

  35. check out this page at the daily kos.

    I did and now I feel sooo dirty. I really need a shower after that. That site is way too disgusting to ever go there again.

    PatriotRider (8cd725)

  36. Aw guys, let’s not make too much of the doctored photo. Nobody watches CBS news anymore, so they needed some sort of provocative stunt to get everybody talking. This is probably the most traffic their site has had since Mary Mapes said “thanks” to Bill Burkett.

    JVW (eccfd6)

  37. Well, either that or they are trying to say Obama is really Bele:

    That’s an insult to Commissioner Bele.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (609d83)

  38. There is just no better experience than that. My kids that are left wing are the most educated and had the least work experience at menial and low status jobs.

    The precious lefties like Obama will never understand that. They are all theory. I had at least 20 jobs of various kinds from the age of 9 on. I was a union member (The Teamsters) and even attended a strike vote. I was in the Warehouseman’s Union. I worked with guys who were illiterate. You can’t have better experience.

    Comment by Mike K — 11/4/2010 @ 3:12 pm

    Mike K, I am recalling your post awhile back, about learning the use of tools and the hand/mind connection. You must be a great Dad. When I graduated in 1983, unemployment was 10.8% and after six months of sleeping ’til noon, I got a job in a warehouse nights. Working with Carribean immigrants who were happy for the $6/hour job, and would go to another one in the morning. I could not believe my college degree was so worthless, how could I have been sold this bill of goods?:-) Anyway, I was a fast learner in school, but a slow learner in the school-of-hard-knocks. Thanks for your comments, especially about work experience at menial jobs.

    TimesDisliker (389035)

  39. CBS/AP looks like CRAP at 1:30 in the morning. Come to think of it, CBS News looks like crap all of the time.

    Hazy (1617b8)

  40. SchizObama?

    either orr (ee5c8d)

  41. Blacque Jacques Shellacque, when The Big Zero invoked your name in relation to the midterm results, did you feel a leg tingle?

    Icy Texan (659547)

  42. To me … it kind of looks like Obama is turning into a Zombie. Half Zombie. Maybe he will end up eating half of his own brain.

    Heh.

    Jason D McClain (87e9f9)

  43. CBS and the AP playing a race card? Color me SHOCKA!

    Icy Texan (659547)

  44. …when The Big Zero invoked your name in relation to the midterm results, did you feel a leg tingle?

    ‘Tis news to me…

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (609d83)

  45. Notice the black side is with the democraps, indicating that they care about black people, minorities but republicans don’t. The white side is on the side with the republicans reinforcing the meme that they are old white guy party.

    eaglewingz08 (83b841)

  46. Forget the racism…does this mean others in the almighty media might finally be noticing he’s two-faced?

    “I want to get beyond all these politics of division…right after I berate all these latinos to punish their right-wing enemies.”

    rtrski (c58688)

  47. Who really cares what they do with this Pygmy?

    F1nG3rB@nG (8bfa50)

  48. The liberal women I know seem to think Obama is the most intelligent and handsome man on the planet. Everything bad came as result of Bush/Cheney junta.

    As an aside there is a petition on Facebook to get MSNBC to reinstate Olbermann. Last I saw they had 175,000 mindless libs in support of him. I commented that it was about the same number who watch him.

    Calypso Louie Farrakhan (798aba)


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