A Brooklyn-based Yiddish newspaper has apologized for running out photos of Hillary Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason in a White House ‘Situation Room” picture.
Seated with U.S. President Barack Obama and others, they were supposedly watching an online video of the elimination of Osama bin Laden.
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After the Photoshop erasure of the women caused a media sensation in the United States, the Der Tzeitung newspaper said that an overzealous editor violated what it acknowledged is a White House policy of not permitting the editing of White House photos. There are no copyright restrictions on official White House photos, and the office of President Obama has not commented on the incident. However, on the Flickr website where the White House photos are posted, there is a notice warning the photos are not to be manipulated in any way.
The newspaper explained that its policy of modesty precludes it from publishing pictures of women and added, “[Our] readers believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do and not for what they look like.”
In an official statement, the newspaper declared, “The allegations that religious Jews denigrate women or do not respect women in public office is a malicious slander and libel," the newspaper stated after the fuss.
“The current Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, was a Senator representing New York State with great distinction for eight years," it added. "She won overwhelming majorities in the Orthodox Jewish communities in her initial campaign in '00, and when she was re-elected in '06, because the religious community appreciated her unique capabilities and compassion to all communities.
“The Jewish religion does not allow for discrimination based on gender, race, etc….
“We apologize if this was seen as offensive. We are proud Americans of the Jewish faith, and there is no conflict in that, and we will with the help of the Almighty continue as law-abiding citizens, in this great country of ours, until the ultimate redemption.”
The edited photo was not the only misrepresentation of the picture. The White House initially reported that the officials in the Situation Room were watching an online transmission of the Navy SEALs' raid.
However, President Obama later said that once the soldiers entered the compound of Bin Laden, the live feed ended.