The editors of Brooklyn paper Der Tzitung decided that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason were far too provocative in the now-iconic White House situation room photo for the publication’s readership of Hasidic men, and were photoshopped out of the image in clear violation of the White House press photo policies, logic and decency.
The Jewish Week‘s Rabbi Jason Miller explains the reason for the removal of the offending female figures:
What was so offensive about the image? U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the photo and, based on good intel, the editor of Der Tzitung discovered that she is a woman. The Hasidic newspaper will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive.
Clinton and Tomason, as you can see from the original version of the image below, are just steaming up the room with their suggestive poses and outfits.
Meanwhile, as the disclaimer accompanying the image on the White House’s Flickr page makes fairly clear, “The photograph may not be manipulated in any way.”