Saturday, September 17, 2005


Here is an excerpt from Marc Morano's article, Embarrassing Bush Photograph Exposes Reuters Contradiction.

The enhancement of a Reuters news photograph showing President Bush jotting a note about needing a bathroom break represented the organization's standard policy, according to one of its picture editors. But an executive with Reuters told Cybercast News Service Thursday afternoon that anyone doctoring a picture for publication would be immediately fired.

The photo was taken of the president Wednesday as he sat in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. According to an article published by the PDN Newswire Thursday, the picture was snapped by Reuters contract photographer Rick Wilking and shows Bush scribbling a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reading, "I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?" (, 09/15/05.)

I am glad to see that Tony Abu Tuz of War Photoblog is back in business! He has a scoop on George Bush's bathroom note. Rick Wilking, the photographer who took the picture, is interviewed in Gelf Magazine.

It would be good if Bush had left the U.N. building after his visit to the bathroom, and then joined the demonstration against Ahmadinejad. My fear is that he will invite the Iranian president for a cup of tea...

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