But We Swear We'll Get the News Right

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Aug 30, 2006 1:52 PM

CBS admitted Photoshopping 20 pounds off Katie Couric.

But I think if I were Katie Couric, I'd be a little more peeved than this:

Couric, 49, said she hadn't known about the digitally reworked version until she saw the issue. The former NBC "Today" show host told the Daily News, "I liked the first picture better because there's more of me to love."

She's a journalist who's taking on a brand-new, high-profile gig. The move has spurred a lot of discussion of her professional qualifications. Whoever Photoshopped this picture of her just gave her critics a huge reason to doubt her and the company she works for, which doesn't do her any favors at all. The fact that she's not more upset about this trick, pulled in her name, kind of concerns me.

It was apparently the CBS photo department that pulled the trick, and CBS big wig Gil Schwartz doesn't seem too concerned either:

"I talked to my photo department, we had a discussion about it," Schwartz said. "I think photo understands this is not something we'd do in the future."

He said the photo department "services tens of thousands of photographs every year" for all parts of the company and that it "does a fantastic job."...

"I've asked that three inches in height be added to my official CBS photo," he quipped to the News.

The CBS photo department is faking photos and he's not a little more denouncy about it than this? I don't want to get all high-and-bloggy over here, but this a really bad foot for CBS and Couric to start out on, and I would think they'd express a bit more dismay about it than this. The subject matter of the Photoshopped picture is silly, but the principle is serious. But then, it is CBS.

Update:  Hee.