NYT’s ‘Ominous’ Photo

We all know that The New York Times is a cheerleader for their "home state" junior senator, but the liberal paper may have gone too far with the March 12th issue of its weekly magazine.

The man who is widely considered Hillary’s chief competition for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, was the featured cover story. While the story seemed pleasant enough, the photo of Warner on the magazine’s cover was downright creepy. The New York Observer described it as follows: "A sallow Warner, his face ominously shadowed, was grinning, baring ivory-tinged, domino-sized chompers." Needless to say, "It was not the kind of national debut Warner’s political supporters were looking for."

Reaction to the anti-Warner picture prompted the Times to issue a retraction of sorts, stating that Warner’s "jacket was charcoal, not maroon; the shirt was light blue, not pink; the tie was dark blue with stripes, not maroon," and also clarifying that "The Times’s policy rules out alteration of photographs that depict actual news scenes and even in a contrived illustration, requires acknowledgment in a credit. In this case the film that was used can cause colors to shift and the processing altered them further."