Hillary Clinton's photo: Too sexy for the newspaper?

May 09, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Is U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton too sexy for print? 

Apparently, some people think so. 

A Hasidic newspaper is catching some heat for evidently Photoshopping out Clinton's image from last week's now-iconic photo of White House leaders watching the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. 

(Audrey Tomason, the director of counterterrorism for the National Security Council, was also cut from the photo.) 

The publication in question, Der Tzitung, does not include images of women in print "because it could be considered sexually suggestive," USA Today reports. 

Clinton doesn't look particularly "suggestive" in the photo. In it, she's seen covering her mouth due to spring allergies. And her sensible blazer isn't exactly the kind of outfit that would land her on the cover of Maxim.  

The newspaper has now apologized for its knee-jerk censorship: "We should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House."  

Still, this is a troubling practice for journalism. A newspaper shouldn't pretend people in high-ranking positions don't exist just because they're women. Even if they do happen to be as breathtaking
as our secretary of state. 

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