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White House Admits Staging Photos A ‘Bad Idea’

May 13, 2011 by  

White House Admits Staging Photos A ‘Bad Idea’

The White House admitted publicly today that many still photos taken of the President giving speeches were staged. Representatives speaking on behalf of President Barack Obama said the White House will end the little-known, long-running practice of having news photographers take pictures of the President re-enacting major speeches.

This comes in response to allegations of fakery surrounding Obama’s May 1 speech announcing the death of Osama bin Laden, said an Associated Press article. Obama spokesman Josh Earnest reportedly called the whole practice “a bad idea.”

“Even though The Associated Press and other news outlets said in captions to the photos that they were taken after the president delivered his address, many people who saw them may have assumed they depicted the speech itself. That raised questions of whether news organizations were staging an event,” the article said.

The practice arose as a courtesy to past Presidents, who might be distracted by photographers during live speeches, as well as to news organizations that did not want to run photographs handed out by the White House.

“The role of the official White House photographer is to show presidents in a good light. For example, if a president were to shed a tear or get visibly angry during a speech, it might make a great news photo, but probably not one the White House staff would want to circulate,” the article said.

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  • Dan az

    Or maybe the flashing lights interfered with his teleprompters,Heaven for bid that should happen.How would he know what to lie about.

  • s c

    S C R E W the photos. I demand to know HOW and WHY our “leaders” aren’t interested in PROTECTING the identities of the Seals who dispatched that sack of crap bin Laden. Since when is the White House/Washington crowd not interested in doing the right thing by making secrecy an important issue?
    Is this the same crowd that lives or dies by the polls? I’m almost of the opinion that those who refuse to practice what they preach should be subjected to the same standard of ‘shifting standards’ that they inflict on people who keep this nation safe. You scum bag Washington pukes, DO YOUR JOB! Who the hell do you think you are You prove time and again that you are subhuman trash!

  • Curtis S

    Yeah staging photo ops sucks… like landing on an aircraft carrier and declaring “Mission Accomplished” for a war that still going on 8 years later.

    They all stage photo ops… although none have ever been as expensive as the Mission Accomplished fib.

    • Vigilant

      Guess you never spent time in the service. A war and a mission are two different things.

      The mission was accomplished. The war continued.

      • http://naver samurai

        Right on! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

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