Clinton Erased From Famous Photo By Jewish Orthodox Daily

You will notice a slight difference between the famous photos from the situation room of the White House during the Osama Bin Laden operation: Hillary Clinton has been removed from one of the shots. The altered picture ran in the Ultra-Orthodox daily Der Tzitung, which does not allow pictures of women to appease Orthodox sensitivities. Once again, the striking similarities with Islamic extremists is inescapable.

Pictures of women are reportedly viewed as sexually suggestive. It appears that even Hillary Clinton in a pants suit is just too much for the readers of the Orthodox daily. It is a position reminiscent of our earlier story how Hasidic leaders prevailed on the New York City authorities to get rid of bicycle lanes to avoid having to see women on bicycles.

Last week we saw the conviction of a leading Orthodox Rabbi who appeared unable to sit next to a woman on an international flight for more than 90 minutes without committing assault.

The Jewish Week blog notes that the original photo was released with the following disclaimer:

“This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.”

It is obviously not only an offensive treatment of women but a fundamental violation of journalistic principles — neither concern is likely, however, to move the writers of this Orthodox daily.

Jonathan Turley

66 thoughts on “Clinton Erased From Famous Photo By Jewish Orthodox Daily”

  1. “And even in the United States, as we all know, each new wave of immigration has historically been met with fear and anger.”

    Mike A.,

    Isn’t it interesting that once a few generations have passed those the children of those former immigrants look at the new immigrants as usurpers? One thing i learned years ago was that discrimination and oppression do not necessarily breed empathy for another ethnicity in the same boat.

    “The Orthodox communities have overwhelmingly voted for Hillary in the past. Both of my children emailed me this story.”


    A distinction has to be made between the Orthodox and the Ultra
    Orthodox. The problems comes about when the Orthodox feel that they have to honor some of the extreme dicta of the Ultras, because some Orthodox falsely believe that the religious observance of the Ultra’s surpasses their own. It is sort of like normative Republican’s heeding the dictates of the Teabaggers.


    Great info on the Opus Dei. It is a maxim with me that Fundamentalists of any stripe are crazy until proven somewhat sane. Opus Dei hasn’t proven to be somewhat sane.

  2. This story reminded me of ones from the Soviet era in Russia, when people were from time to time airbrushed out of pictures, whenever politically expedient. In the present case, the two women were evidently “non persons” to the ultra-orthodox.

  3. The truth about Opus Dei
    A graduate of the Opus-Dei-owned university in northern Spain on the ultra-secretive Catholic organisation
    Elena Moya, Sunday 30 May 2010

    Opus Dei membership, in theory, is not allowed until 18, but I knew people who had opted for celibacy at 13, and had spent years using the celice. I have stayed in touch with some of my fellow students. A few have now left the organisation, in some cases rather traumatically.

    Not all Opus Dei members are celibate. The group also includes “supernumeraries”, members who marry and who follow strict guidelines such as daily mass attendance or the Catholic church’s ban on contraception. Needless to say, Opus Dei sees women as mothers or housewives, and at university boys were given preferential treatment – in my year, a group of male students went on a trip to meet newspaper editors in the US; women were barred, on the pretext that it was organised by one of the Opus Dei male-only clubs.

  4. rafflaw Yes, it is sickening. I don’t know any members personally, nut my sister in Evanston has met people that send their children to those schools. That is how I knew about them.

  5. Swarthmore,
    I am familiar with the two Opus Dei schools in the Chicago area. As the article you linked suggested, they are very secretive. Are you familiar with the physical pain issues?

  6. Elaine,
    I did not read the Hanssen book, but I have heard that he was Opus Dei. I think I may have also seen a movie about Hanssen.

  7. HenMan, I think they regretted the fact that they received so much negative publicity.

  8. The Orthodox communities have overwhelmingly voted for Hillary in the past. Both of my children emailed me this story.

  9. Swarthmore mom-

    No, they didn’t.

    “Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret IF this gives an impression of disparaging women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize IF this was seen as offensive.”
    (the capitalizations of the word “IF” are mine)

    When an apology contains the word “if”, it becomes a non-apology. What they are saying is, “we regret that you are stupid enough to be offended by our disparagement of women” and “we apologize if you are stupid enough to see this as offensive”.

  10. Mike S.:

    I agree completely. Extremism, whether in religion, politics or other social organizations, is a protective reaction to fear. Much of what is happening now is the result of the “assault” of pluralism, a phenomenon that was virtually unknown outside of the United States until the second half of the 20th century. And even in the United States, as we all know, each new wave of immigration has historically been met with fear and anger.

  11. I’m a long time listener and first time caller . . . I’d like to go on record as being a big fan of Opus Day. I think celebrating that penguin is a fine thing to do. He’s done a lot for this community and . . . what’s that? Opus DEI?? Insane religious fanatics?? Good gravy man! I can’t back something like that!

    (Apologies to Berkeley Breathed and Opus.)

  12. rafflaw & Swarthmore mom,

    Did you read “The Bureau and the Mole: The Unmasking of Robert Philip Hanssen, the Most Dangerous Double Agent in FBI History”–which was written by David A. Vise? Hanssen was a member of Opus Dei–as was Louis Freeh, a former Director of the FBI.

  13. rafflaw, Am familiar with Opus Dei. Larry Kudlow is supposedly a member as a convert. They have a church in DC.

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