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November 11, 2017

Peking Trump: Our Visual Roundup of the Week

Donald and Melania Trump visit the Forbidden City with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, on November 8, 2017. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Are you also wondering if Trump has peaked? The pictures of his prolonged Asia junket have been as flat and non-eventful as the trip itself — that is, when the press pool wasn’t left on the curb. (So, no side pix with Putin.) The images that mostly stand out (“flattery will get you everywhere”) are the ones of his hosts buttering him up.

The other visual stories that stood out this week include the Democratic/progressive sweep of Tuesday’s election, and still another horrific gun massacre, this time, at a church in Texas. Beyond the sheer redundancy, those photos — mirroring the government’s response to gun violence — were muted too. Focusing specifically on the media, we weigh in on the false attack on Trump for dumping fish food in a koi pond. Many outlets missed the Japanese PM doing the same move. We also marvel at a rapid fire look at NYT front pages and how they have become so visual. (Click on: “Every single New York Times front page since 1852,” and you’ll appreciate why we exist.) Also, check out the NYT article on the rise and airbrushing of China’s President Xi. White House, if you’re listening…that’s how you do propaganda!

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Photo: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Caption: Donald and Melania Trump visit the Forbidden City with President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, on November 8, 2017.

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