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Notes Photo April 25, 2011

Some of My Favorite Chris Hondros Photos #2: John Kerry Live

If Hondros had a way of relating to people that was rare for a photojournalist, perhaps it was rare for Kerry, too.

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Notes Photo April 12, 2011

France's Niqab Ban: Tricolor Face of the New Feminism

The French law states that women who cover in public are subject to a fine and also must enroll in a “citizenship course,” however, the young woman in this picture seems to understand citizenship better than the Sarkozy administration.

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Salon Photo October 30, 2008

BagNewsSalon: Campaign 04 vs 08: Are We Seeing The End Of Identity Politics?

T his election edition of the BAGnewsSALON, an on-line discussion series, included moderator C ara Finnegan; producer Ida Benedetto; host Michael Shaw; professors Paul Lester; Nathan Stormer and John Lucaites; photographers Alan Chin, Nina Berman and Aric Mayer, as well as members of the BAGnewsNotes readership. ...Considering the images...

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Notes Photo December 29, 2004

Parting Shots

I thought I would enter into evidence one last example of the media’s distortion of John Kerry.  This shot is from Time Magazine’s end-of-the-year issue.  To summarize my own thoughts, I can’t deny that Kerry, at times, is a man of two minds.  For much of the media to...

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Notes Photo October 28, 2004

Watch Your Back

Given my weeks of hammering about the New York Times political photo coverage, my occasional guest blogger, Karen, alerted me to this shot from today’s NYTimes on-line. It’s the first shot I’ve seen in the Times (at least since the debates) that captures the thin-skinned Bush we saw on...

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Unequal TIME (Or: Dairy State Low Light)

Here’s my latest example of photojournalistic character assassination. This composition was the lead feature in Time Magazine’s Wednesday on-line campaign photo gallery. Notice how Bush is always on top in these juxtapositions? (If you’re familiar with my system, I score it: Bush 5, Kerry -7.)

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Notes Photo October 21, 2004

Bush Unplugged

The main question underlying my ongoing critique of the NYTimes’ political photo coverage is, Why does Kerry keep coming off worse than Bush? One angle to consider (pardon the pun) is that practical factors play a significant part. For example, one of my visitors last week suggested that the...

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Notes Photo October 20, 2004

The Kerry Album: NYTimes Returns To (De)Form

On Monday, the NYTimes offered respectful photo coverage of John Kerry. (They actually ran a JFK version of the “candidate in the adulating crowd” shot –which is almost a daily staple for Bush.) The improvement, however, only lasted a day. This (Tuesday) morning, the two candidates appeared on page...

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Notes Photo October 19, 2004

Where The Buck Never Stops: More Media Bias

This lead for Newsweek’s on-line campaign coverage is a good example of how the media gives Bush a free pass. In presenting two articles comparing the candidates qualifications, it contrasts Bush the CEO with Kerry the Senator. Whether or not anyone has thought it through, juxtaposing Kerry’s twenty year...

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Notes Photo October 18, 2004

Which Times Gives Kerry A Better Time? (Or: You Wouldn’t Be Getting Statistical On Me Now, Would You?)

O.K., let’s give credit where credit is due. The NYTimes (finally) did better, photo-wise, by Kerry on Sunday. They not only had this shot on the website… (Kerry and crowd in the same picture) …they also had a more unbiased shot of him in the dead trees edition. Before...

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Notes Photo October 17, 2004

There They Go Again: Saturday’s Installment of the NYTimes’ Kerry Campaign Photo Coverage

Here’s my mark-up of the latest NYTimes Kerry shot (Saturday’s paper –page A11). I give them credit for finally including a group of people in a photo of Kerry. However, the fact these people are isolated in the background; the secret service guys bear no personal connection to the...

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Notes Photo October 15, 2004

Defining the NYTimes’ Photo Bias: (Or, Kerry Still Getting Short End of the Pic)

Because I’ve been on something of my own campaign regarding (what I see as) bias in the NYTimes campaign photo coverage, I thought it might help to be more specific about it.  I was thinking, for example, how I would lay it out to the Times editors. So here’s...

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Notes Photo October 14, 2004

Make Up Sex: The Ongoing Saga of the NYTimes Political Photo Coverage

Sometime in the summer, I started a blog category called “Leading Photos.” Inspired by the unconventional cover photos in the NYTimes, I would occasionally post the most interesting shots while offering various wry suggestions as to their subtext. (Example 1, Example 2) If you’ve been following the BAG, you...

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Notes Photo October 11, 2004

Times Still At It? (Sunday edition)

Really, I’m just stupified at this point by the Times’ photo coverage of John Kerry. After all the business with Daniel Okrent and Jackson Pollock, here’s the latest set of images of the two candidates. This time, we have George Bush hand in hand with his idolizing wife, Laura...

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In Which the NYTimes Photo Coverage Does Another Hatchet Job on Kerry, and our Guest Blogger Says “Enough Already!”

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve been keeping an eye on the photo coverage of Bush and Kerry for the past couple of months. In that time, it’s been my sense that the coverage has been biased against Kerry. Primarily, what I have observed is...

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Notes Photo September 26, 2004

Leading Photos: Slimes of the Times

When I laid out the NYTimes this morning, I was disappointed to find still another lead image (the second this week) clearly denigrating John Kerry. Frustrated, I started hunting around for stories that might reveal some new (conservative) editorial slant to the Times photo coverage. I can’t say my...

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Notes Photo September 21, 2004

Leading Photos: Looking Down On Kerry?

In keeping up my “highly graphic” standard, I like to keep an eye on editorial trends at the visual level. Over the past few days, John Kerry has been hammering Bush on Iraq. Yesterday, the attacks assumed a new degree of ferocity. The impact was heightened because Kerry took...

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Notes Photo June 30, 2004

Leading Photos: We’ve Got To Stop Meeting Like This

It seems the NYTimes is on a roll with it’s front page photos of the Iraqi transition. In this shot, new American Ambassador John Negroponte presents himself to the new Iraqi President and Foreign Minister. As the saying goes, there’s enough distance between the parties to drive a truck...

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