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The Joe Wilson Congressional Photo Shoot: Being Undermined by National News Again?

11/12/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When I saw the perfect image of Congressman Joe Wilson perfectly centered flanked by three congressmen in suits and ties on the top, one on each side and three on the bottom in full-bodied seated positions, with his hand accusatorily pointed and mouth perfectly formed not on the phonetic (i) of "lied" but seconds sooner on the (u) of "you" I said aloud, "you gotta be kidding me!" (I looked to find this particular image but The Washington Post has not made it available online to my knowledge.) I know about these things as a trained opera singer since my youth who has studied more than a few languages.

But not being a professional photographer, I called a long-time friend who has been in the business for many years. He is also a owner of an advertising agency and the publisher of two successful magazines. He assured me that it is nearly impossible and more likely that the event was staged. This would not have been difficult as President Obama's speech was made available beforehand. Why would a camera even be on this unknown congressman among so many others? There were no hometown photographers present in the chamber.

Now, before you label me a conspiracy theorist, let me remind you of a post I wrote a few months back, Being Undermined by National News, where the the CEO and publisher of The Washington Post, Katharine Weymouth, sought to lure lobbyists to her home at a cost of $250,000 dollars a head to ensure that they would be heard as such a setting guarantees it.

"Underwrite and participate in this intimate and exclusive Washington Post Salon, an off-the-record dinner and discussion at the home of CEO and publisher Katharine Weymouth. ... Bring your organization's's CEO or executive director literally to the table. Interact with key Obama administration and Congressional leaders."

"Spirited? Yes. Confrontational? No," the flier states. "The relaxed setting in the home of Katharine Weymouth assures it."

If you think such a photo of the unknown Congressman Joe Wilson yelling "you lied" during President Obama's joint address to the Congress at just the right time on perfect queue with the camera's click could not have been planned by the same "credible" national newspaper, The Washington Post, whose very own CEO and publisher produced the above, think again. After all, the issue is the same: health care. These are desperate times and lobbyists are employed to undermine health care with the help of The Washington Post.