In a truly parallel-universe, Bizarro-World kind of irony, Fox News has found something truly innovative to whine about. Most photographers are familiar with the controversies that have ensued when journalistic publications, especially newsmagazines, use pictures, especially on their covers, that have later turned out to be manipulated. The prototype situation in modern times was perhaps Matt Mahurin's notorious TIME magazine cover of O.J. Simpson thirteen years ago (that's Matt at the right), which was revealed to have been darkened and dramatized when Newsweek ran the same photograph on its cover the same week. Newsweek's was unretouched, which highlighted the changes TIME had made. (Mahurin, for his part, considered himself a photo-illustrator, only doing his job.)
So what's Fox complaining about this time? Another episode in the episodic war against fakery? Hardly. It's complaining that the current Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin was not retouched. It shows skin pores and "unwanted facial hair." OMG!
Seriously. Not enough Photoshop! Now that's a new one.
And this from the same network caught with its pants down grotequely distorting I.D. photos of several New York Times reporters it disliked, in order to ridicule them. (The reporters had written a story about Fox's declining ratings.)
Poor Nigel Parry—the guy snags two Newsweek covers in as many months (probably from the same shoot, as PDN points out), and still can't win for losing. (That's Nigel, above.)
PDN Pulse has the whole scoop.
Mike (Thanks to David E., Scott Kirkpatrick, and several others)
Featured Comment by WeeDram: "One thing we can all agree on about Newsweek's cover: They did a pore job."
Mike replies: Oh, no more scotch for you!