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article imageOp-Ed: Hasidic newspaper erases Hillary Clinton from White House photo

By Bart B. Van Bockstaele     May 9, 2011 in World
A Jewish newspaper erased Hillary Clinton and another woman from a widespread picture showing White House staff watching the Osama Bin Laden raid. Women are never displayed in the pages of Der Tzitung.
The picture of the people in White House "Situation Room" watching the real time happenings of the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden has quickly spread around the world and one probably has to live the life of a star-nosed mole not to have seen it:
President Obama and the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin La...
President Obama and the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.
Pete Souza / The White House
However, it seems that the picture is not to everybody's liking. According to De Standaard, the leading Dutch-language newspaper in Belgium, Der Tzitung (The Time), a Jewish Hasidic newspaper did publish the picture -as most all newspapers did- but with a twist: there were two women in the original picture, but Der Tzitung has thought it necessary to remove them:
Hilary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, is the woman seated second from the right in the original picture, while Audrey Tomason, Director for Counterterrorism, is the woman standing behind, third from the right.
Both women have been removed by Der Tzitung in the version it published:
Jewish Hasidic newspaper erased Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Director for Counterte...
Jewish Hasidic newspaper erased Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Director for Counterterrorism Audrey Tomaso from an official White House picture.
Der Tzitung
The reason for this removal is probably that Der Tzitung never publishes pictures with women, because this could be sexually suggestive. In Hasidic Judaism, women are often not openly in media publications.
Blogger Failed Messiah is thought to be the first who noticed this Soviet-style violation of the original picture.
I see this as a fine example of the moral principles religion is said to instill in its followers. Lying and cheating isn't my type of morality, but then, I am merely an atheist, a lowly heathen. What do you think about this?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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