LATE Update: Images blatantly stolen from www.gregpalast.com and
Psychedelic Republicans. I, of course, should have acknowledged the original sources and linked to the sites in the first place. Sorry.
Detail from a ‘Colorized’ photo of Katherine Harris
Makeup queen Katherine Harris, the Cruella DeVil bad cosmetics poster girl, now says it was all an illusion. See, the mean liberal media “colorized” her photos to accentuate her blue eye shadow in order to make fun of her during the 2000 presidential recounts.
The fact that no pictures with the aforementioned eye shadow can be found is just part of the plot. Really. And the idea that most people actually saw Harris on TV rather than in print is just a distraction, or maybe CNN employed legions of kids with crayons to mark up the live video feeds as they went out. Or something.
Anyway, everyone should just forget all about Katherine’s makeup challenged past and no one should pay any attention at all to any color pictures of Ms. Harris, because the nerdy kids who edit the yearbook are obviously out to get her.
On Monday, on a conservative radio talk show, Harris, now a congresswoman from Longboat Key running for the U.S. Senate, hit back, blaming newspapers for the criticism and charging that some – without saying which – altered her photographs.
“I’m actually very sensitive about those things, and it’s personally painful,” Harris said when host Sean Hannity asked about her image problems from 2000.
“But they’re outrageously false, No. 1, and No. 2, you know, whenever they made fun of my makeup, it was because the newspapers colorized my photograph,” Harris said.
She didn’t explain what she meant by “colorized.”
Asked Tuesday to point to an altered photograph, Harris and her staff could not.
Her response to the question, said spokesman Adam Goodman, was, “I haven’t worn blue eye shadow since the seventh grade when I was in the Girl Scouts.” She didn’t name a newspaper that showed blue eye shadow.
Most newspapers, including the Tribune, forbid changing photographic images.
“Manipulating an image in any form is not allowed” by The Associated Press, which distributes photos to newspapers nationwide, said David Ake, AP national deputy photography director. “We’re pretty adamant about that. We have terminated people for it.”
Ake was AP photo editor in Florida during the 2000 recount, “and I can tell you we did no manipulation whatever,” he said.
Some political experts say Harris’ charge makes little sense because most Americans got their visual image of Harris from television.
At least two Harris news conferences in November 2000, detailing her decision to enforce a deadline and forbid recount results, got national TV coverage.
“Of course it wasn’t newspapers, it was television,” said Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia. “I can remember watching her and thinking she learned all the wrong makeup lessons from Al Gore in the debates.”