The image has become iconic in just a week. Released by the White House on Monday, the shot of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and others getting an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden seems destined for the history books.
But if you only saw the image in the Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper Der Zeitung (The Time), then, well, you missed out on seeing the full image. Der Zeitung Photoshopped Hillary Clinton out of the picture.
The story was first reported by the blog Failed Messiah, which covers Orthodox Judiasm. Audrey Tomason, the Director for Counterterrorism, was also removed from the photo. The Jerusalem Post reported that Der Zeitung did not respond to a request for why it removed Clinton and Tomason from the photo. Many have speculated the paper does not believe women should be in positions of power.
In a column for The Jewish Week, Rabbi Jason Miller reports the paper will not include any images of women because they could be viewed as sexually suggestive. He also says he believes the photo manipulation “is actually a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g’neivat da’at (deceit).”
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a New York City radio host, told the New York Post that he doesn’t know why the paper removed her, but that “there is nothing in Judaism that prevents the publication of images of women in power.”