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Reading the Pictures: Palin Does Haiti Cholera: How's My Hair? (and, Did AP Lend a Curl?)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-12-12-imagepull.jpgIf I find the fantastically clever Sarah Palin to be one of the shallowest political celebrities I've ever seen, it doesn't stop me from taking pause upon seeing these AP shots from the cholera treatment center in Haiti.

Reading the Pictures: SNL and Hillary's Private Parts

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-12-06-hil.jpgMale politicians are typically lampooned for their private parts, but the punchlines always play off something the politician did. This Hillary lampoon, in contrast, targets something she is.

Reading the Pictures: NYT Slaps Obama For Failure to Reach Across the Aisle. (Sigh.)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-10-26-Screenshot20101026at9.31.18AM.pngHas Obama's "post-partisan" obsession simply vanished from from some journalists' memory banks?

Reading the Pictures: And the Tea Party's Been Calling Obama a Nazi!

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2010-10-11-iott.jpg It turns out Ohio House candidate Rich Iott has been an avid member of a group that acts out the exploits of a particular SS Panzer division.

Reading the Pictures: Christine's Bewitching "I'm You"

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2010-10-05-od.jpgYou know who Christine O'Donnell's riffing off of with this "everyman" shtick? Obama '08.

Reading the Pictures: Goolsbee's White Board and the GOP's Big Red Eggs

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-10-03-Screenshot20101003at4.50.20PM.jpg Goolsbee's White House White Board tax cut presentation represents a major breakthrough for Democratic framing (even if it makes most thinking Democrats cringe). What's it got going for it?

Reading the Pictures: Obama's Wars (And That's Just at the Office)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-23-shawpull.jpgIf Mike Allen thinks Woodward's book is a net positive for Obama, the cover surely isn't.

Beyond Sex With an Elephant, Meghan, What Are You Trying to Tell Me?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-21-mccain.jpgIs Meghan McCain revealing a Grand Old Party's elephantine moral exposure?

Reading the Pictures: The 9/11 Anniversary Message You Won't Get From the Typical Ground Zero Snapshot

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-12-prayer.jpg It's hard to find a better example of the disconnect between reality and the media story line than the one Alan Chin photographed at Ground Zero this weekend.

Reading the Pictures: Newsweek's Making of a Muslim* President

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-09-01-Screenshot20100901at9.02.31AM.pngHow much more is this desperate-to-stay-in-business "news" publication going to pander to the haters and the far-right crazies?

Reading the Pictures: Glenn Luther King Hit it Out of the Park in DC

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-08-29-beckrally.jpgIf Glenn Beck had tried with the best PR minds to create an image for this event he couldn't have come up with anything better.

Reading the Pictures: An Eye on Haiti's Rapes

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-07-29-Picture9.jpg Angelie, age 14, poses for a portrait in Port-au-Prince. She was raped by four men and two women, all of whom she knew.

Reading the Pictures: Palin's Grizzly Mammas (Or: But Enough About You, What About Me?)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

Whoops, did I say "grizzly mammas?" Well, there's nothing plural about this show. It's "Momma Grizzly."2010-07-14-pull.jpg

Reading the Pictures: Annie/VF's Tiger Trash

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2010-01-06-pull.jpg The photo might well have been compelling before Woods's life, and facade caved in, but at this point, its publication is only cheap and punitive.

Reading the Pictures: When is Piper Next Going to Have a Normal Halloween?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2009-11-20-palin_halloween.jpgIf anyone out there still somehow entertains the notion that the Palin children aren't media props, consider the question: When is Piper next going to have a "normal" Halloween?

Reading The Pictures: www.sowingseedsofdissension.democrats.gov

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2009-01-06-pelosi_speakergov.jpg With the country in a shambles, the media wouldn't want the Democrats getting off to a rocky start, would it?

Reading The Pictures: The Obama Connection

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-08-29-shaw_obama_acceptance.jpg The difference between Obama and Clinton (either one) is that the Clintons are like LBJ, and Obama is like JFK, or RFK, or even Reagan. His overriding strength is that he communicates directly to the individual.

Reading The Pictures: That Old Bill Clinton

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2008-08-28-clinton_shaw_chin.jpg In this frame, we see a side of Clinton that has been painfully absent (and almost forgotten) since Lewinsky -- that gregariousness and playfulness.

Reading The Pictures: Our Man On The Floor: The Michelle (And Biden) Buzz

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-08-26-bidenmic.jpg The message we get from "Our Man On The Floor," is that there is a wonderful buzz building around both Michelle Obama and Joe Biden.