Ethics collide with modesty

Official White House photographer Pete Souza captured the expressions of senior White House and military officials as they watched the May 1, U.S. led operation  that killed Osama bin Laden.

RAPT ATTENTION-- White House officials watch real-time footage of U.S. raid on Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Photo by Pete Souza.

The picture was released for media use by the White House with instructions that it not be altered.

Despite the admonishment against changes, Di Tzeitung, a Hasidic newspaper published in Brooklyn, reprinted the photograph after photoshopping out Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and National Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason.

MISSING IMAGES-- White House photo is altered to exclude images of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason. Photo by Seth Wenig

In a statement published on their website, Di Tzeitung, apologized and explained why Clinton and Tomason were digitally removed from the picture.

“Our editorial policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board and because of laws of modesty, does not allow for the publishing of photos of women. The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite…

“In retrospect, we apologize for any misunderstanding that this might have caused. We should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House and to the State Department.”

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