Altered photo of Condi appears in USA Today

Click here, and scroll down for the before and after photos. The version that appeared in USA Today makes Condi look quite demonic, doesn’t it?

Check Michelle Malkin’s blog for a comprehensive list of links and reader emails that provide even more proof that this photo was obviously altered – and for what reason? Hmmm ….

I’m joining her in encouraging people who are bothered by this to email Richard Curtis (USA Today’s Graphics and Photos Managing Editor) at

Update: On the USA Today page on which the photo appeared, the unaltered version is now up, along with this note at the top:

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 The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy.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.

But probably in keeping with the personal beliefs of some of the editorial staff, I would venture to say.

Evening update: My buddy Cal over at California Conservative has the third pic in this series (scroll down a bit in that post). Heh.

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