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February 04, 2008

CNN's Photo Editors Pick Their Candidate

CNN has spoken. Judging entirely from the pictures they use to illustrate their stories on Super Tuesday, it's safe to say they are using the power of image-making to endorse a candidate for president.

This is nothing new. Ever since Richard Nixon was told to wear a gray suit before his debate with John F. Kennedy, the media has used framing, camera angle and most recently, photoshop, to achieve the image to manipulate images and with it, public perception.

This year, you'll never guess who they "endorse."


candidates.jpg

As you can see, they definitely aren't out to make the Republicans look good. Mike Huckabee looks like he's scolding a teenager for listening to devil-music, John McCain looks like a man who's either really smelled Ted Kennedy for the first time or has seen a disturbing picture and Mitt Romney looks like he's trying to murder a man using only his steely (and hateful...remember. Republicans hate) gaze.

So on to the Democrats.

clinton.jpg

Look at the GIRL! She's CRYING! Look at the GIRL CRY! The "Hillary cries" thing really is much ado about nothing, but that doesn't stop our intrepid photo editor from choosing a rather unflattering photo of Clinton. She looks like Michael Corleone deciding whether to kill Fredo.


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That leaves Obama. Look at him. Confident. Firm. And note the all-too-perfect placement of the campaign slogan. Plus, he's next to a Kennedy. So Obama = Kennedy with change and believing and puppies, rainbows and happiness. And change.

In short:
-Republicans don't smile.
-Hillary cries
-Obama likes change and Kennedys like Obama

Vote accordingly, America!

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