:: Friday, January 16, 2004 ::
Creating a Better Self-Image
There's PR, then there's this.
One of the more sickening tricks, and most obvious, are the pictures emanating from the president's public relations office. Some of them are portrayed on this page for the readers to inspect. If you look at them closely, you realize that they are not accidental. They are staged and Mr. Bush is posing for them.
The picture of Bush posing before a lighted cross, under a crown and the word LORD is probably the most pretentious of the lot.
Why would someone as elevated in office as our president stoop to such trickery? There is good reason.
As writers Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague explained it: "Television and movies have made us a nation, nay, a world that substitutes pictures for fact. We make stars of actors and heroes of those whose heroism exists only in their publicity releases.
"Every day we are shown pictures that the White House Republicans uses to influence our vote. A carefully constructed news item is released to the media knowing full well the pictures the TV outlets will run with it," Louise and Sprague said.
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