Erasing the White House Women: A Thought Experiment for the Editors of Der Tzitung

05/10/2011 9:46 AM |

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Some stories are so appalling they bear in-depth follow-up coverage. Forthwith, parts of the ABC story about Der Tzitung‘s elision of Hilary Clinton and Audrey Tomason from the now-iconic Situation Room photo of the Obama administration’s security team—originally broken by Failed Messiah—with “women” and “Jews” inverted.

“This has to do with the concept of modesty. It may be taken to the tenth degree,” said Assemblymen Dov Hikind. Readers of the paper, like Assemblyman Hikind, say the newspaper usually does not run pictures of Jews on its pages.

“They have set a certain standard. Some people might say well that standard is a little too high. Can’t you have some Jews? Maybe an elderly Jew? Maybe a young Jewish child, but they have set a standard,” said Assemblymen Hikind.

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“If it’s a paper geared towards the female community and it’s only going to be for them, they don’t want Jews in their paper. It’s all a matter of opinion,” said Yaira Greenstein.

But in no way, as Hikind reveals, is it showing disrespect toward the Jews.

“With what is going on in our society today, I can understand saying, ‘look, this is our message to everybody’ It has absolutely nothing to do with a lack of respect,” said Hikind.

Hey, it’s just their opinion.