Tiny frames her window of attack on the superball quarry, just off camera to the right. Quick's a cat can catch a superball or a squirrel, the blogosphere, taking its cue from the ever-alert Michelle Malkin, caught USA Today in a dirty trick -- trying to get away with publishing a photograph of Condoleezza Rice Photoshopped to look like a zombie -- and pounced.
USA Today got religion in record time. Presumably in response to the blogburst led by Michelle Malkin this morning, they have replaced the zombie version of that photo of Condoleezza Rice -- blogged here -- with the original AP photo and attached an "Editor's note":
The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.
Holding the media's feet to the fire by confronting them with the errors of their ways: It's one of the things the blogosphere does best. We notice there were 60 trackbacks to Michelle's original post -- most if not all in support of her thesis -- including technical explanations by Photoshop experts as to how the original image may have been doctored. Congratulations to Michelle and her army of seekers of wisdom and truth for not letting 'em get away with it.
Update: Oh, sweet mystery of life.
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