- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Notice anyone missing in the above version of the now-iconic Osama bin Laden sit room photo, as published by the Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung? (Via the Failed Messiah blog.) The paper seems to have airbrushed out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as Director for Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason. Here’s the original:
Apparently, terrorist-killing is not a job for the ladies. For what it’s worth, it’s not just American female leaders that get this treatment from the ultra-Orthodox press. The Israeli paper Yated Neeman photoshopped all the female ministers out of a photo of Israel’s cabinet in 2009.
As Failed Messiah notes, the White House’s image-usage police specifically forbids these photos from being “manipulated in any way.” Not that that’s really stopped the Internet’s lol-merchants from capitalizing on the image.