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Notes Photo May 12, 2014

Reality Show President: Inside the White House PR Machine

In producing this just-under 12 minute video, ReasonTV draws on quotes from BagNews to illustrate how thoroughly the White House controls Obama's visual image.

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Notes Photo February 7, 2014

The Pet Goat, Revisited. (Or: The 9/11 Photo I Never Saw Before.)

Given the intense criticism Bush endured for not responding immediately to that cataclysmic event, why is this photo now enshrined in the Bush Library's 9/11 photo gallery?

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Notes Photo December 18, 2013

Photo Ops and Staging: Beyond White House Access, the Larger Issue is What We Have Access To

The current antagonism between photographers and the White House needs to be broadened beyond the simple question of access. It is time to look at the bigger picture, and make the photo-op as much the subject, so we have a visual record of how events and issues are...

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Notes Photo October 15, 2012

White House Flickr and Keeping the Benghazi Story Straight

When a photograph is used to illustrate a point rather than to record an event or person, that visual explanation encompasses every element of the photo. Even elements the White House may not want to emphasize.

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Notes Photo September 7, 2012

DNC Final: The Obamas, the Optics, and the Politics of Intimacy

This is not about me, it’s about you. If the Obamas are about anything, they’re about breaking down the (perceptual) distance between themselves and the American people. They are way dialed in to what’s essential and also what’s popular. The are about doing what they can as often as...

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Notes Photo September 26, 2011

Over Netanyahu’s Shoulder: A (Telephoto) Analysis of the Prime Minister’s U.N. Speech Edits

If Netanyahu, as he scribbled away at the rhetorical edges, was feeling a sense of urgency about the opportunity for peace, its seems more motivated out of fear that the Palestinians had scored a coup with their statehood application than anything else.

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Notes Photo May 4, 2011

The Deeper Price of Censorship: White House Nixes Photo of bin Laden’s Body

We feel today's action by the Administration must lead to the end of a false assumption, taken for granted by the President and leaders in both parties, that the snuffing out a critical and essential photo is somehow a zero-sum game.

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Notes Photo August 17, 2008

How to Win Friends and Be Influenced By People

What I can't understand is how much the media narrative not only overlooks Bush's fantasy friendship as a key to Putin's empowerment, but how much the two share the same ideology when it comes to power.

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