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November 12, 2008

Paulson: Just Write It Down!

Paulson Steno.jpg

Yes sir, yes sir (three bags full).

What you see above is classic, classic photojournalistic commentary on Paulson’s press conference this morning in which the wannabe monarch once again flip-flopped on the abusive bailout strategy.

What else can you say but that Paulson is rapidly morphing into another Rummy? On view here is a wonderful visual metaphor of the Treasury Secretary as dictator. Beyond dictating to the press corps (which is invisible to us, and apparently, to him too), we have the “supreme ruler metaphor” set up by the presence/centering of the stenographer.

(image: Susan Walsh/AP. Treasury Department in Washington, Nov. 12, 2008)

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