The Anatomy of an Outrageous Photograph
This is not about the Iraq War and America’s possible withdrawal.
It’s about the Pentagon’s top leaders behaving like amateurs and how The New York Times exploited their ineptitude by publishing a devastating photograph, presumably to further its own foreign policy agenda.
Whether you are in the military or the private sector, always remember that the media—although chumps themselves—thrive on making others look like chumps.
Horses don’t sell newspapers or garner TV ratings.
Horses’ asses do.
Flip-Flops in the White House?
On July 19, 2005, a photograph was taken of the Northwestern University lacrosse team with President Bush in front of the White House, and America’s taste-makers were aghast to see four of the young ladies in the front row shod in flip-flops. “Grrr! Flip-Flop Flap,” was Mike Straka’s headline for FoxNews.com.
Okay, maybe it’s possible to excuse a bunch of teenage co-ed jocks from the Midwest for not knowing any better. But have a look at this memo from the White House to members of the press pool as reported in the June 28 MediaBistro.com “Daily Fish Bowl”:
As we move back to the West Wing, this reminder: Professional attire is required for all media covering presidential photo opportunities/events in the West Wing (Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Roosevelt Room and other pooled events with the POTUS)
• No beach attire or flip flops
• No shorts
• No torn, frayed, or soiled clothing
• No collarless t-shirts. Neat, long sleeved shirts or collared golf shirts (business casual) is advisable.
The White House has asked that we remind all news organizations of this policy. And again, this is for POOLED EVENTS in the West Wing!
In the early 1970s, my wife, Peggy, and I attended a number of curling functions in Canada. At the big Saturday night banquets, grace was always said. Whereupon we would all rise for the traditional toasts to the Queen and to the President of the United States. During those dark days of Watergate, the toasts would be: “To the Queen!” and “To the office of the President of the United States.”