February 26, 2006

Image Is Everything

Here's an interesting screenshot comparison from the front page of the Washington Post.

The captures are of the exact same stories, one story by Dana Hedgpeth and Neil Irwin, the other story by Jim VandeHei and Paul Blustein. The screen captures were made just minutes apart.


The image of the left appears to an innocent mistake where the wrong image and associated byline were called up. The image on the right was intended to go with the Dubai Ports World stories.

The same two stories are present in each screen capture, but the startling contrast in images between a violent riot and a comparatively sedate seaport conjure up far different gut emotions about the "uproar," don't they?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 26, 2006 12:52 AM | TrackBack

What a difference a camera angle makes! To show political bias, you always portray an official with a packed house, if you're fer, or show empty seats, if you're agin. I don't think today many people can be suckered the way they used to be, there are too many sources of news out there.

Posted by: Tom TB at February 26, 2006 10:33 AM

I went there just now and the two pictures are much different. Now one is of a worker and one is of a politician.

Posted by: Suzi at February 26, 2006 09:37 PM