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Reading the Pictures: "Diana at 50": Newsweek's Perverse Newsstand Seance

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.30.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-30-sh.pngWhat an abusive thing to do to Kate Middleton! I could understand raising Diana's ghost around the royal wedding, but to raise the dead like this on the cover of Newsweek?

Reading the Pictures: I Seek the Presidency Not For Vanity

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.29.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-29-bac.pngNot hours into her presidential campaign, is the visual media having trouble taking Bachmann at face value, or is that the whole point?

Reading the Pictures: Media's Weiner Pictures: Who's Getting Dirty Now?

Michael Shaw | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-06-08-pulll.pngWhat's bothersome about the Anthony Weiner story is that the pictures seem to be serving the media's own interests more than the public's.

Reading the Pictures: What if the Media Stopped Sensationalizing Sarah Palin?

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-31-Screenshot20110531at11.16.18AM.jpg Instead of glamorizing Sarah Palin with Cover Girl photos, what if the media published photos of Team Palin as the flimflam they really are?

Reading the Pictures: Arnold the Philanderer = Very Old News

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.18.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-18-hsaw.pngWhy anybody would even bat an eye over yesterday's disclosure of Schwarzenegger's love child is ludicrous.

Reading the Pictures: One Fukushima Meltdown, Three Crippled Cores, Miles of Land and Ocean Glowing, but Still Nothing to See

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-16-Screenshot20110516at11.01.27AM.jpgHmm, corporate media still not very interested in Fukushima in spite of three compromised reactor cores?

Reading the Pictures: Unit 4 in Danger of Collapse? (And Then, Don't Tell Me There's Nothing To See at Fukushima)

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.13.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-13-shaw.pngWhat we're sadly lacking from Fukushima is a bigger and much better picture of what is a still-boiling disaster.

Reading the Pictures: Framing Osama (and Obama)

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.09.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-08-obamabinladenspeech.gifWhile I won't rip the DoD for propaganda, I will rip it for weak propaganda.

Reading the Pictures: The Deeper Price of Censoring bin Laden Photo

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.05.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-05-bbo.jpgThe core of a healthy democracy involves not just speaking the truth and hearing the truth, but also seeing the truth -- as contentious and tenuous as that might be.

Reading the Pictures: What's Wrong With TIME's X-ed Bin Laden Cover

Michael Shaw | Posted 07.03.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-05-03-Screenshot20110503at12.15.46PM.jpg After X-ing out three Muslims over the past eight years, today's cover speaks more to targeted assassination -- and racism.

Reading the Pictures: Fukushima Ha Ha

Michael Shaw | Posted 06.07.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-04-07-fukushima.jpgIf "Hey Ma, we found the crack!" is supposed to make me feel better, it just makes me more shaky and convinced how way in over our heads we are.

Reading the Pictures: David Cameron--Escorting Arms Dealers to Huge Mid-East Defense Expo--Drops By Tahrir Square

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Shaw

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Reading the Super Bowl Pictures: Just the Usual Racial Violence ... and Liberals in Logging Accidents

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-02-07-o.jpgHere's my take-away on this Superbowl ad and corporate media's "critique".

Reading the Pictures: The Senate Tea Party Caucus (Such as It Is)

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

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Reading the Pictures: All I Can Say Is: We Are In A Moment

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-01-14-shaw.jpgWith Lincoln's words about "better angels" near audible, the expectations Obama spoke of are conjured, at once, in this imaginary Christina.

Reading the Pictures: GOP '11: Corporate Stalking Horses Disguised as "Average Joes"

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-01-05-jhj.jpgWant to know how the radical right is winning hearts and minds? In part, it's through feel-good news pictures.

Reading the Pictures: Palin: The Presidential Study

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2010-12-14-palin.jpgFor my money, this latest photo previews and ushers a strategic shift in how Palin plans to present herself to the public as 2012 comes into view.

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?