…or does this picture make Barack Obama look exceedingly dark-skinned?
Now, knowing how much effort news agencies put into selecting the perfect shot and even air-brushing things to make them look a particular way, it makes me wonder why this picture–which really isn’t a good photo in any way–would be selected to accompany a story about the first African-American to win a major party’s nomination?
I mean, compare it to these, also from CNN:
So, why use the photo that makes Obama look the most like a stereotype of an angry black man? Especially when accompanying an article in which he says expresses that it is an ” enormous honor” to (presumptively) receive the Democratic nomination?
I know, I know, some of you will think I’m paranoid. But a picture is a powerful way of communicating–one that is sometimes able to bypass our critical thinking. So why choose this image? Because it was a choice.