The White House has requested that media outlets refrain from taking pictures of incompetent members of the Bush Administration or particular acts of incompetence. Under the new policy, journalists would be barred from photographing FEMA chief Michael Brown, Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and President Bush himself. The move comes amid mounting criticism by conservatives that the mainstream media is exaggerating the incompetence of the Administration.
Administration says it wants to protect privacy of incompetent officials
By Deanna Swift
WASHINGTON, DC—The White House announced today that it does not want the news media to take photographs of incompetent officials in the Bush Administration. The ban would also apply to incompetent acts, say sources close to the White House. Under the new policy, journalists would be barred from photographing FEMA chief Michael Brown, Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff and even President Bush itself. The White House hasn’t said whether all photos of Administration officials will be censored.
Respecting the privacy of incompetent officials
According to a White House spokesperson, the ban on photos of incompetent officials and their acts is necessary in order to protect the privacy and dignity of such officials. “We have requested that no photographs of these officials be made by the media,” said the spokesperson.
Media outlets have been awash in photographs of incompetent officials and their acts in recent days. Cameras have repeatedly zoomed in on Mr. Chertoff appearing aloof and uncaring and Mr. Brown looking ineffectual. Even Mr. Bush has been photographed in less than flattering poses and postures. Thanks to the ban, that will all stop, say sources close to the White House. "You won't see anymore shots of the President strumming a guitar or Chertoff grimacing. This is about treating incompetent officials with the utmost dignity and respect."
Hurricane coverage 'too negative'
The ban on images of incompetence comes amid mounting criticism by conservatives that the mainstream media or MSM has been too negative in its reporting on hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. A poll on the Free Republic website found that 83% of those surveyed believed that the media was not reporting honestly on the Katrina disaster. The poll did not ask if respondents supported the White House ban on photos of incompetent officials.
No pictures please
This is not the first time that the notoriously camera shy White House has attempted to move beyond the glare of the political paparazzi. The Pentagon currently bans pictures of dead soldiers coming home from Iraq or any other military installation around the world. Earlier this week, FEMA announced that it would not allow photographers to take pictures of the dead as they are recovered from New Orleans.
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