I wanted to touch briefly on the decision by a Brooklyn-based Yiddish newspaper, Di Tzeitung ,to ‘photoshop’ out, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NSC Counterterrorism Director, Audrey Tomason, from a photograph released by the White House. The photo was taken in the Situation Room as President Obama and his senior staff monitored the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden.
The paper, after criticism, gave the excuse that “laws of modesty” prohibits them from publishing pictures of women.
Bullshit. First, although neither woman was dressed immodestly by any sane (or even Orthodox) standards, they could have chosen to blur the faces.
Instead, the editors totally removed the women from the photo. This is what the classical Romans called damnatio memoriae, seeking to obliterate a person from history. Why? Precisely because Clinton and Tomason were part of this history. These medieval jackasses sought to make these women, invisible, irrelevant.
Stalin liked to do that to too.
And what will happen when there is a female president? Di Tzeitung will show what... an empty Oval Office, an empty podium?
Also, in altering the photo, the paper violated the terms of its use — that it not be altered in any way. The putzes did apologize for that.
How do you like that Yiddish?