Blacker and Blacker

Grem

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http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/03/04/questions-raised-whether-hillary-ad-darkened-obama/

A controversial new Hillary Clinton attack ad is causing an Internet stir among critics who claim it deliberately darkens Barack Obama’s skin color.

A posting on the liberal site DailyKos.com shows side-by-side screen grabs of Barack Obama taken during a debate with Clinton in Cleveland last week. The screen grab used in the Clinton ad shows a clearly darker-skinned Obama, prompting some to wonder if it was done to highlight his race.

Clinton spokesman Jay Carson told FOX News that Obama’s image was darkened, as part of a “saturation-desaturation” process typical in commercial production and sent in an example of a Clinton ad featuring the candidate and the original footage of Clinton delivering the campaign speech used in the ad. He said both candidates have done it in their ads, and that there was no ulterior motive behind doing so in the campaign’s most recent ad.

One posting on the DailyKos site, though, charged that while darkening footage may be considered standard practice for political ads trying to “cast the target as sinister,” it is “not an acceptable excuse.”

“Even if you accept that as normal practice, it’s still a dirty one, and it takes on a more charged meaning when you’re using it to attack someone in your own party who’s already fighting against a lot of racism in the false Muslim smears,” the posting said. “This is, at best, the worst of politics as usual.”

The Obama campaign had no comment.

Some bloggers immediately compared the case to the infamous 1994 Time magazine cover of O.J. Simpson following his arrest on murder charges. In that case, Time photo editors deliberately darkened a mug shot of Simpson, giving him a much more menacing appearance.

There are a number of commonly used techniques that allow photo and video editors to darken or lighten images. The lighting and tonality can be changed for effect, to highlight some parts of the image or for a variety of other reasons.

The Clinton ad, released Monday in Texas, alleged that Obama was “too busy” running for president to hold any hearings as chairman of an oversight committee for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
 

dolemyte

Tiger = Wesley Pipes
Feb 27, 2008
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The people that are weak enough to be swayed by these techniques wouldnt have voted for him if he shat gold anyway...
 

LiddyRules

I'm Gonna Be The Bestest Pilot In The Whole Galaxy
Jun 1, 2005
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I really had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad.

Seriously, I had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad politicking. People talk about the Clintons like they are these brilliant Machiavellian masterminds but everything they've done this campaign has been shot down made them look like bumblers. Republicans make it look so easy (that's not a knock against Republicans, their spin ability is one of the things I admire them the most for).
 

dolemyte

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Feb 27, 2008
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I really had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad.

Seriously, I had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad politicking. People talk about the Clintons like they are these brilliant Machiavellian masterminds but everything they've done this campaign has been shot down made them look like bumblers. Republicans make it look so easy (that's not a knock against Republicans, their spin ability is one of the things I admire them the most for).

QFT... Dissapointed in their old, weak tactics, if you are gonna sling it, at least bring something new.
 

WhiskeyWhispers

I Want To Kill You All
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Well they aren't the same exact pictures, and some pictures are just darker/lighter than others. Besides, you really can't make Obama look "menacing" no matter how hard you try.

If it's true, that is beyond fucked up and proof that Democrats/Liberals aren't the fucking altar boys/saviors of the world they want you to believe they are.
 

TheDrip

I'm bi-winning.
Jan 9, 2006
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Wow, just wow. It's amazing to see what happens when people have entirely too much time on their hands.
 

Plunkies

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Jun 28, 2006
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The whole picture has a different brightness, not just obama. It's just the news trying to make something out of nothing.
 

FellowTraveler

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fuck the people at dailykos. God help us if those assholes get any power.
 

BIV

I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
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None more black
 

Begbie

Wackbag Generalissimo
Jul 21, 2003
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I really had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad.

Seriously, I had no idea that the Clintons would be this bad politicking. People talk about the Clintons like they are these brilliant Machiavellian masterminds but everything they've done this campaign has been shot down made them look like bumblers. Republicans make it look so easy (that's not a knock against Republicans, their spin ability is one of the things I admire them the most for).
I agree. The Clinton's are usually good at stirring shit up about other people for their political gains. It seems to be blowing up in their faces now. People can see right through them and it has killed their campaign.