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Clinton Airbrushed Out of Second Publication

Modesty policy ‘in no way relegates’ women, says one

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The Tzitung front page.(Failed Messiah)

Der Tzitung was not the only Hasidic newspaper to airbrush Secretary of State Clinton out of the famed Situation Room photograph (a doing that was widely aired yesterday, though Tablet Magazine was a bit early to the party, linking to it last Friday). Brooklyn-based De Voch, a glossy weekly for the ultra-Orthodox, also did it, reports Failed Messiah. Ben Smith finds an instance in which Laura Bush was airbrushed out of a photo in Mishpacha magazine (which is now what Tablet Magazine should be renamed). And columnist Michelle Goldberg calls out the practice for what it indeed seems to be.

Speaking of which, Der Tzitung‘s full explanation is pretty epic. The Hasidic community, after all, embraced Clinton when she was New York’s senator for the better part of last decade. “In accord with our religious beliefs,” it explained, “we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status.” (Hrmm.) It added, “Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”

Another Hasidic Publication Photoshops Hillary Clinton Out Of Iconic Photo [Failed Messiah]
Related: Hillary Clinton, Audrey Tomason Go Missing in Situation Room Photo in Der Tzitung Newspaper [WP]
Oops! Sorry For Erasing Hillary [Daily Beast]

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CVBruce says:

It seems to me, that if modesty was their prime motive, they could just put a black silhouette over the images of the women. Add a footnote to the picture indicating that some image of Secretary Clinton was blacked out due to modesty.

Instead, they go to the trouble of photoshopping out people to make it seem like they were never there. The path they have chosen, is a path of deception, rather than honesty.

JCarpenter says:

Whose sense of modesty dictated the removal of women’s figures from the photos—women’s, or men’s, making that decision for women? Is the presence of women on the scene even mentioned in the article, or would such a statement cause immodest imagination?

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Clinton Airbrushed Out of Second Publication

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