Here's an amusing little trifle. USA Today ran an updated version of last week's story about Condoleeza Rice's appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which I happened to blog about here. The point of my post then was to show the rather perturbed look on Condi's face, which suggested that things didn't go all that well for her as she told the Senators we could look forward to as much as a decade of US involvement in Iraq:
Well, USAT had their own picture to run for the story, but they apparently didn't like how it came out, so as a matter of routine they did a little altering to make it show better. Here's their explanation:
The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.
For you lazy link non-clickers, here's the version they WANTED to show you:
And courtesy of Google caching, here's the one they felt they had to apologize for:
So far I've gotten no confirmation from USAT that the caption for the original photo was going to be "Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attempts to defuse criticism of US policy in Iraq, by giving Senators the Demon Stare until they stop asking her such hurtful questions."
It could have been worse. This was the first attempt at Photoshopping the picture: