Considering that the photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse and sea burial may never see the light of day, the highly-publicized “Situation Room Photo” could be the most prominent image to emerge from the historic event.
Media outlets throughout the world have published the now-famous photo of President Barack Obama and his national security team watching the military’s raid on the bin Laden compound as it unfolded. However, Di Tzeitung, a Hasidic newspaper based in Brooklyn, N.Y., printed the picture without the two females in the room, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason.
On May 9, the Orthodox Jewish newspaper apologized for publishing a doctored photo of government officials, but defended its decision to leave the two women out of it. The publication claimed that its religion’s “laws of modesty” prohibit the inclusion of images showing females, according to CNN.
“The 1st Amendment to the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion,” reads Di Tzeitung’s statement, quoted by the media outlet. “That has precedence even to our cherished freedom of the press.”
In the undoctored photo, Clinton is seen holding her hand over her mouth. Some people have speculated that she was reacting to something she was watching. According to media reports, Clinton has stated that her body language may have no significance whatsoever, and it could have been linked to her “early spring allergic coughs.”