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May 22, 2009

I Also Play The Terror War Architect On TV


This picture stood out to me among a collection of images in WAPO’s disappointingly-named photo gallery: “President Obama, Dick Cheney Deliver Dueling Speeches.”

The image, by WAPO’s fine Washington photographer, Melina Mara, is one of the more insightful photographed yesterday of the supposed-debate between Obama and the former shadow-President. Notice that Cheney primarily exists as a media construction. The suggestion here is that, given the co-dependency that exists now between Cheney and the media, he needs the attention and they need an Obama antagonist or “man in the black hat.”

(image: Melina Mara/Washington Post. May 21, 2009)

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