Thursday, January 22, 2009

Outrage at Reuters

Three news agencies refused to distribute White House-provided photos of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday, arguing that access should have been provided to news photographers.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France Presse said the White House was breaking with longstanding tradition in not allowing news photographers to capture the president at work in the Oval Office on his first day.

"We are not distributing what are, in effect, visual press releases," said Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news at the AP. (source)

Reuters, long proud of its tradition of independence, stated it would not use photos from the White House because they could easily have been altered, or "Photoshopped." We have never used, and will never use, photos from unreliable sources. We rely on staff photographers, both of them, and on "stringers", extremely reliable independent photogs, to provide photographic documents of unquestioned authenticity. Here are some examples our paparrazi stringers were able to capture of President Obama on his first day in office:

President Obama helping after a natural disaster (getting involved like President Bushitler would never do; rather he would hide in a classroom)

As he promised, meeting with world leaders like President Arafat

And working on his ranch in Crawford, TX

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