Tuesday, August 29, 2006

News That's Fit To Fake

It looks as though the Katie Couric era at CBS news will maintain Dan Rather's exacting standards.

You'd think by now CBS would realize that bloggers aren't idiots, and many know all sorts of PhotoShop tricks.

They say the camera adds 10 pounds. CBS added the stupid all on its own.

UPDATE: It was Photoshopped. CBS comes clean:

No, Katie Couric didn't suddenly lose 20 pounds. The incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor appears significantly thinner in a network promotional magazine photo thanks to digital airbrushing.


CBS News President Sean McManus said he was "obviously surprised and disappointed when I heard about it."

Good for him. Now if we can just get him to be skeptical of photos coming out of Gaza and south Laebanon.
Couric, 49, said she hadn't known about the digitally reworked version until she saw the issue. The former NBC "Today" show host told the Daily News, "I liked the first picture better because there's more of me to love."

They really want me to believe this?
Gil Schwartz, executive vice president of communications for CBS Corp., said Wednesday in a phone interview the photo alteration was done by someone in the CBS photo department who "got a little zealous."

But he dismissed any notion of heads rolling over the matter.

"I talked to my photo department, we had a discussion about it," Schwartz said. "I think photo understands this is not something we'd do in the future."

Someone got "zealous"? Over what? Is Katie Couric's waistline some kind of religious icon? Yikes!

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