NYT’s great moment in objective journalism

posted at 12:55 pm on March 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Via CentristNet, an image that has to be seen to be believed. What do you think the New York Times had in mind with this imagery?

But the plan’s fate could depend on how a couple dozen Democratic congressmen answer the questions Mr. McConnell and Mr. Obama raised: Would passing health care devastate Democratic chances in the fall? Would rejecting it devastate a Democratic presidency?

In other words, will the Obama presidency become a political martyr for the progressive agenda?  It’s not terribly difficult to discern the subtext, if it can even really be called that, from the Times’ article.  What’s rather amazing is that the Paper of Record puts this in its news section rather than Opinion.

Next time, use a photograph.  Leave the Nola Lopez “illustrations” for the cartoon section, unless the Times wants to leave the impression that its entire paper is a cartoon … a strategy that, in this case, would be considered a success.


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He’s a Templar protecting Single Payer the Holy Grail.

uknowmorethanme on March 15, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I don’t even consider myself a Christian, and I find that image offensive.

Isn’t this the guy who has not been able to find a church to go to in Washington for 1.5 years?

Romeo13 on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

This is just sick, sick, sick.

Knucklehead on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Huckabee comes to mind here.

bbordwell on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Normal Americans reject this, and upcoming elections will reveal.

Hunt035 on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Subtle!

AUINSC on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Cross hairs that are a tad off…

twiggman on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Again, let’s not make this out to be more then what it is. It is the cross most associated with the Red Cross. Notice how the top, bottom, and sides are all the same length. On the Christian cross the bottom is much, much longer. Let’s not do the stupid thing here like many did with Huckabee’s book shelf (NOTE: I do NOT want Huckabee as POTUS).

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

looks more like a medical symbol than a religious symbol

Jared_MA on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Wow, just wow. And here I thought they were against any form of organized religion. This is way over the top even for the NYT.

Johnnyreb on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Someome went to a lot of trouble to create that image. I’m sure it was a labor of love.

Olby?

fogw on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The White House sure looks small.

Obama uber alles!

forest on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

as a photographer

idk what else, from that angle, he could have done with the sun. i thought oh here’s the halo thing, but who knows.

if he had no other angle from which to shoot, that was his only way to shoot the sun

as for the cross?

red cross?

blatantblue on March 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM

people seriously think that looks like a religious symbol? so sad….

Jared_MA on March 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

red cross?

blatantblue on March 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Except that the Red Cross acknowledges that it is a Christian Cross…

Which is why the Islamic countrys use a Red Crescent for their sister organizations.

Romeo13 on March 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Hey NYT, I don’t get it.

/sarc

search4truth on March 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Doesn’t matter.

Only the hardest-core nutters take the slimes seriously.

notagool on March 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

looks more like a medical symbol than a religious symbol

Jared_MA on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The medical symbol is derived from the Christian one, genius.

And technically, I believe the Greek Orthodox use a cross with the same length cross arms. So I guess it depends on what your definition of Christian is.

mjk on March 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Drudge has it up today so it should receive sufficient ridicule.

JammieWearingFool on March 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The lefties always jump on this, countering that it may be a symbol for the ‘red cross’. No, the earlier ‘halo’ pictures dispel that spin…it’s exactly what it looks like.

AUINSC on March 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Note the hand: Sign of the Jackass

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Maybe the Times is subliminally suggesting that Obama was born in Switzerland.

year_of_the_dingo on March 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

This one from an Obama camplain flyer leaves little to the imagination.

JammieWearingFool on March 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Hey mjk, it is 2010. Most people don’t associate the red cross with religion okay? Just like a christmas tree.

Are you having a rough day or did you put it sticky side up again?

Jared_MA on March 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Which is why the Islamic countrys use a Red Crescent for their sister organizations.

Romeo13 on March 15, 2010 at 1:01 PM

The Israeli organization uses a red Star of David.

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

The medical symbol is derived from the Christian one, genius.

Then by your logic people who have Christmas trees are actually showing that they are pagans becuase it was orginally a pagan symble.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

If only they could have photo-shopped Frank Rich’s mouth onto Obama’s crotch, they would have had a real winner there…

D2Boston on March 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Obama on TV now, talking to zombies in Strongsville, Ohio. All staring into space as Obama tells yet another friggin sob story.

“The campaign is over John.”

No it isn’t.

fogw on March 15, 2010 at 1:07 PM

What do you think the New York Times had in mind with this imagery?

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. –2Cor 11:14

PrincipledPilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Oh please.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Again, let’s not make this out to be more then what it is. It is the cross most associated with the Red Cross. Notice how the top, bottom, and sides are all the same length.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Let’s not make this out to be less than what it is: yet another instance where the MSM chooses — yes, chooses — to present an image of Obama with a god-like aura. It is sick, pathetic and offensive, particularly given the MSM’s demonstrated disdain for religion.

ya2daup on March 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I was just walking by an old 55 Chevy, nice chrome bumper, bright shiny day and, lo and behold, on the brick wall before me….a reflection….a glorious reflection….. the ears, unmistakable….the head turned in glorious professorial fashion with the scolding finger upraised….the teleprompter—promptering…. Nearby, a collection of folks with koolaid stains around their lips erected a shrine, a shrine which a dog promptly took a shat upon.

Reflections.

ted c on March 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Next time, use a photograph.  Leave the Nola Lopez “illustrations” for the cartoon section, unless the Times wants to leave the impression that its entire paper is a cartoon …

Too late for that.
It’s not even a good bird cage liner.

Chip on March 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

his hand is making shadow animals on the ground. Pretty appropriate for his circus….

ted c on March 15, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Its the tiny White House that bugs me in this picture. Its the elevation of the man above the office that is frightening, offensive, and so subtle im afraid many will miss it. What is wrong with the people at the NY Times?http://alecsavestheworld.blogspot.com

alecj on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

He’s not Kenyan… he’s Swiss!!! This proves it!!!/

Abby Adams on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Not getting the controversy. I know the origins of the Red Cross symbol are religious in nature, but today it’s a common symbol for medical emergencies or first aid or, oh I don’t know, insurance companies like Blue Cross. But thanks for overreacting, Drudge!

YYZ on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

The New York Times is one sick leftist rag.

rplat on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Oh please.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Look at past stuff that I have said. I am NOT an Obama fan. I’m just being intellectually honest by stating that it’s likely supposed to be the Red Cross cross (which almost NO ONE associates with christianity anymore).

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

All those religious paintings and pro athletes pointing skyward? Calls for Single Payer.

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

The pic makes me want to crucify PBHO…was that the intent?

Bishop on March 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

But thanks for overreacting, Drudge!

YYZ on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

If there’s anyone to be accused of going overboard … it’s the NYT’s.

darwin on March 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

All those religious paintings and pro athletes pointing skyward? Calls for Single Payer.

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Notice that they LOOK upwards as well when doing it. Oh, and there WHOLE ARM is usually up as well.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Not getting the controversy. I know the origins of the Red Cross symbol are religious in nature, but today it’s a common symbol for medical emergencies or first aid or, oh I don’t know, insurance companies like Blue Cross. But thanks for overreacting, Drudge!

YYZ on March 15, 2010 at 1:11 PM

I see . . . and which of those organizations puts a glowing halo around the head of their chief executive. Good try, but it won’t sell.

rplat on March 15, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The tiny little White House and “Dear Leader” camera angle looking up at him is more troubling than the “cross” for me, but the whole image is pretty ridiculous.

forest on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Looks like a thief trying to cut a deal with the Romans on Golgotha.

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Ever since they started portraying him as the messiah, I’ve been waiting for the crucifixion.

Kafir on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Let’s have someone do this to a picture of Palin and see what happens.

The left will literally explode like a plump, diseased, pus filled pimple.

darwin on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I am now beginning to wonder if maybe a superimposed hammer and sickle would have been more fitting here.

pilamaye on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Isaiah 60:19-20 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.

The interpositioning of this person between the sun and the eye is curious. Someone is really trying to place himself in a position that he is not meant to be in. This is no small matter.

ted c on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I am now beginning to wonder if maybe a superimposed hammer and sickle would have been more fitting here.

pilamaye on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Yes … much more fitting, and more believable.

darwin on March 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

twiggman on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Wind…

Haiku Guy on March 15, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Larger than the White House…..

Blocking out the sun…..

A source of light….

Remember the photo of AF One over lower Manhattan, the relatively dimunutive scale of the the Statue of Liberty vs. the size of AF One was also telling.

Patterns.

ted c on March 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Hail Stanley Ann, full of grace….

RBMN on March 15, 2010 at 1:18 PM

It could be the Red Cross or the Swiss flag, but what image would that convey?

Plus the cross is longer vertically than it is horizontally, both top and bottom, so that theory is out.

I know the origins of the Red Cross symbol are religious in nature

Red Cross symbol was the inverse of the Swiss flag, a symbol of neutrality. Now one could argue that the Swiss flag is religious in nature, but the Red Cross was chosen to convey neutrality.

reaganaut on March 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

No one should be surprised. To the New York Times, Obama IS God

olesparkie on March 15, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Needs a circle drawn around it and a alsh mark for Obama.

Hell awaits him with a great abyss.

bluegrass on March 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM

It’s more of this:

http://images.google.com/images?q=obama%2Bhalo

AUINSC on March 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Our Barry which art in Washington,
Hollow be thy soul,
Thy kingdom run,
Thy will demanded be done,
On America as it is in Chicago.

portlandon on March 15, 2010 at 1:21 PM

“Nice try guys. You only gave me 29 pieces.”

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

He’s got the trademark “index finger pointing to the sky” thing all the “clerics” do too – alternately know as the “I know better than you finger” – It’s not an appealing pose.

forest on March 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I really don’t see all the fuss is about in this particular picture. Isn’t one of the symbols of health care a cross? Many health care providers use a cross. Why not assume that is what they were getting at?

terryannonline on March 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

MSM: The person who did the picture must be racist because she made Obama really, really dark to make him look more threatining….wait….what? She’s a liberal? Oh, never mind, then.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Disgusting photograph,despicable narcissistic individual!

The administration is Rotten to the core.

Sandybourne on March 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

If the designer had wanted to reference the Red Cross, it would have been red. If the designer had wanted to reference medical, there would have been a caduceus on there. It is what it looks like. Ugh, so, soooo, creepy.

itsacookbook on March 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM

If the designer had wanted to reference the Red Cross, it would have been red.

Blue Cross, Blue Shield is blue.

terryannonline on March 15, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Gee, good thing Easter is a long ways away, or I might question the timing.

Christien on March 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Cross hairs that are a tad off…

twiggman on March 15, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Thread winner.

RachDubya on March 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Images like this only illustrate how many morons there are in this country. Is this junk didn’t sell they wouldn’t do it.

orlandocajun on March 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM

It kinda looks like the photographer was depicting the Anti-Christ ready to crush America and the church. or is it the Red Cross?? or blue cross? hmmmm.

moski on March 15, 2010 at 1:29 PM

looks more like a medical symbol than a religious symbol

Jared_MA on March 15, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Sorry that image clearly is meant to evoke a Christ-like comparison for the filthy lying coward in the White House. Particularly the halo around the head (adjusted just so in order to disguise the Dumbo-like ears).

highhopes on March 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Blue Cross, Blue Shield is blue.

Could be, first aid kits are green “crosses”. Except they aren’t really crosses as in Christian crosses. They are just 2 crossed lines.

The halo and the finger pointing and the fact that the dimensions are different from the various red, blue and green crosses make it less clear.

reaganaut on March 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Related parody: Photographer Disciplined for Snapping President at Bad Angle http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/03/photographer-disciplined-for-snapping.html

Mervis Winter on March 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

That’s funny, a blue cross makes me think of… Blue Cross. Which I and millions of other prefer to keep, rather than accept this atrocious so-called reform.

Not only am I not offended, I think subconsciously the image will hurt him more than it’ll flatter him. *shrug*

Tanya on March 15, 2010 at 1:31 PM

The halo and the finger pointing and the fact that the dimensions are different from the various red, blue and green crosses make it less clear.

And that need a sarcasm tag.

reaganaut on March 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I know you aren’t an Obama fan, I just don’t understand why you are giving the NYT a pass. They have shown time after time that Mr. Obama is the god of their idolatry. Semantics on the shape of the cross is just funny when you consider the image in it’s totality.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Could be, first aid kits are green “crosses”. Except they aren’t really crosses as in Christian crosses. They are just 2 crossed lines.

To me it looks like 2 crossed lines. I don’t see the big deal. Obama is wanting to pass health care reform, so they used a medical symbol. Much to do about nothing.

terryannonline on March 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

talking to zombies in Strongsville, Ohio

WTF is he doing in Ohio, now? Wasn’t he in Pennsylvania? Does he need to just open up a “Camp David” style compound in all the battleground states?

reaganaut on March 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Well, the cross on the Swiss flag represents the Christian faith.

More history here:

The region of Schwyz in central Switzerland, one of the three founding members of the Old Swiss Confederacy, and the one, whose name was later in history used to denote the confederacy as a whole, was granted immediacy in 1240 and carried a red flag from the middle of the 13th century on (yet still without the white cross). In 1289 they supported King Rudolf of Habsburg in a war against Burgundy and received as a recognition the right to represent the crucifixion of Christ and the tools used to torture him in the upper right field on their flag. Originally they painted this symbol on parchment and fastened it on the banner. Only later the cross symbol was painted directly on the banner.

INC on March 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Why does it make a difference what color cross it is supposed to be? It is very obvious what this “artist” meant to portray. Ed’s exactly right. This is not objective journalism. It is a editorial stance. By the way, Lt. Frank Drebin would be very proud of some of you: “Nothing to see here. Move along.”

kingsjester on March 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Also, the article appeared in the Week in Review section, not on the front page. They put a photo illustration or actual illustration on the front page of Week in Review every week. And the article wasn’t a fluff piece.

YYZ on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I really don’t see all the fuss is about in this particular picture. Isn’t one of the symbols of health care a cross? Many health care providers use a cross. Why not assume that is what they were getting at?

terryannonline on March 15, 2010 at 1:22 PM

The illustrator uses (with the NYT approval) the cross that is similar to the Red Cross symbol, the connotations lead one to think of a Christian cross. This is precisely why the Muslims use a crescent for the Red Crescent Movement, their Red Cross equivalent.

The NYT would also need to explain why Obama has a halo (again) and the subtlety of his index finger pointing upward.

conservative pilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I know you aren’t an Obama fan, I just don’t understand why you are giving the NYT a pass. They have shown time after time that Mr. Obama is the god of their idolatry. Semantics on the shape of the cross is just funny when you consider the image in it’s totality.

Cindy Munford on March 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM

That all is true, but I honestly don’t think that the cross is supposed to be invoking the christian cross. The story was about Obama and healthcare, so it only makes sense the cross is supposed to be like a red cross.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Isn’t this the guy who has not been able to find a church to go to in Washington for 1.5 years?
Romeo13 on March 15, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Why should he? In his mind, he IS the church.

logis on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Sadly, nothing the Corrupt Media Establishment does surprises me in least any more.

All that’s standing between the people and a free, honest America is the CME.

TheBigOldDog on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Well, the cross on the Swiss flag represents the Christian faith.

The Swastica is derived form an asian symble. What’s your point?

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

The Israeli organization uses a red Star of David.

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Actually, no they don’t. Magen David Adom uses a red Star of David, but they aren’t the Israeli Red Cross. The international Red Cross forced the Israeli Red Cross to use a red diamond instead of a Star of David, or they wouldn’t be allowed to join.

Trivia, I guess. But it still pisses me off.

Tanya on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

How about this for a caption to the photo:

“Take up your cross and follow me.”

conservative pilgrim on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Ever since they started portraying him as the messiah, I’ve been waiting for the crucifixion.

Kafir on March 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

This is the Chicago Jesus we’re talking about. The real Jesus instructed his disciples to put down their swords when they wanted to defend him against the Roman soldiers.

The Chicago Jesus’ disciples are the Roman soldiers, and they’re prepared to use their swords against us.

UltimateBob on March 15, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Whuts the kross fer? Heez a muzlum.

thomasaur on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I think illustration is the right word. It’s appears to be attempting to look like the digital composite images that you see frequently online. I’m not sure people would raise as much of a fuss if it had been a purely online image. Not looking enough like internet outlets is not the problem with traditional media.

dieudonne on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I agree, it looks like a medical symbol to me. A religious cross is an entirely different shape. And, they are writing about health care so that’s the impression I got.

scalleywag on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Then by your logic people who have Christmas trees are actually showing that they are pagans becuase it was orginally a pagan symble.

DethMetalCookieMonst on

It was coopted by St. Boniface when he converted the Germans.

Daveyardbird on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

The story was about Obama and healthcare, so it only makes sense the cross is supposed to be like a red cross.

DethMetalCookieMonst on March 15, 2010 at 1:35 PM

What was the topic of all of the previous ‘halo’ pictures (and there have been many)? Were *those* stories about religion in some way, or were they about economy, healthcare, national defense, etc – “so it only makes sense” that the accompanying picture was an Obama/halo pic?

Midas on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

blue cross blue shield of new jersey

blatantblue on March 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

This doesn’t offend me because to me, the cross is upside-down. As it should be…

Fuzzlenutter on March 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I would buy the medical cross argument if the Times and lefties in general weren’t openly hostile to Christianity.

Daveyardbird on March 15, 2010 at 1:40 PM

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