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Bush Needs Potty Break

I saw this via WizBang just a few minutes ago. It’s scary that Reuters has the balls to photoshop a note to make it look like Bush wanted to take a bathroom break during a meeting.

Reuters has already explained, saying “There was no malicious intent. That’s not what we do.” That’s a bullshit explanation though for photoshopping a note Bush was writing. They’re obviously trying to make him look bad. It’s a direct attack against him if they knowingly did it. Someone obviously did because you can see where they blanked out the original text. It’s too white compared to the rest of the paper.

Daily Pundit filled me in on the Reuters explanation. Little Green Footballs has a couple updates.

I can’t believe they would actually use that photoshopped image in actual news articles. This is probably one of the most fucked up things we’ve seen from Reuters. I’ve lost what little respect I had for the MSM. This type of thing is just wrong.

UPDATE: I need to clarify a little it would seem. I fully understand that Reuters could have enhanced the image to make the text more readable. For those of you that say the note was shown to show Bush for the puppet he is, you’re wrong. He needs to show a certain level of diplomacy at meetings like that. He can’t just get up and go piss when he feels like it, it would offend someone.

Well, now what?

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  • Lucius S. Drosian

    What evidence do you have that the image is ‘photoshopped’? Are you that insecure and desperate to attack the left that you need to harp on about something you can’t really believe is true?

    I’m an graphics professional, and I can tell you that the image isn’t altered beyond color adjustment for clarity. So you can stop with the ridiculous foul-calling.

    Moving right along, the reason this is news is because it is a clear indicator of Bush’s character as our leader. A man so indecisive that without his pantheon of puppetmasters’ input he has to *ASK* if he can urinate. THAT is why this image is telling, and to choose to interpret it as ‘juvenile’ is either:

    a) deliberately obfuscatory (that means hiding stuff you know is bad)
    b) stone stupid
    c) completely nuts

  • Well, there’s no question it was photoshopped. Could have been photoshopped to enhance the original text to make it more clearly visible or the original text was completely replaced.

    Either way I don’t think it’s OK for huge news outlets to do stuff like this. It’s like having fake boobies. It’s just fake no matter what. If they are going to photoshop images to make them clearer, they should at least do a good job. I could have photoshopped a note better than that…

    Also Lucius, the photo was snapped during a UN meeting. Choosing the right time to get up to go take a bathroom break is probably very important. You wouldn’t just get up and go whenever you felt like you had to take a piss. If anything the note just shows that President Bush has a great deal of diplomacy.

  • b-loombles

    Frankly I dont see why you’d request a bathroom break at all at a meeing of that magnitude. Unless there was a ploblem with the fortitude of our presidents bladder shouldnt see why would not be able to hold it. If urination was truly a pressing issue however I could see him writing a note suggesting a bathroom break, which as Tyler argues would make sense given the magnitude of the meeting.Due to this fact I’m really not so sure it’s photoshopped, I wont rule out the possibility that it is, but is there any unequivocal proof to it’s fallacy, if not I suggest you maybe should reamain open to the possibility as well