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Thursday, August 04, 2005

The conspiracy to smudge Harris's eye-liner

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Katherine Harris, when asked recently by Sean Hannity if jokes about her makeup bothered her, blamed newspapers for altering photographs of her:
"I'm actually very sensitive about those things, and it's personally painful,"
she said. "But they're outrageously false. ... Whenever they made fun of my
makeup, it was because the newspapers colorized my photograph."

That is quite the theory. She didn't single out any newspapers in particular, leaving the reader to infer that there is a Harris photo altering conspiracy. Has it come to this? Can a politician no longer admit their faults, even when those faults involve over-the-top rouge and lipstick application? I understand that politicians are reluctant to take responsibility for a misguided piece of legislation, or a politically incorrect joke, but use of cosmetics seems like an area a politician should be able to admit they are not expert in, rather than propose a media conspiracy.

The problem for Harris: she was on television, and her makeup looked ridiculous there as well. Were the television stations doctoring her makeup? If so, was it an independent move, or were they part of the newspaper conspiracy?

Moreover, if this is all a conspiracy, and not the result of Harris's trouble applying makeup, then why did the newspapers and television stations single her out for this rouge ruse? Why not spring this political smear campaign, figuratively and literally, on someone earlier? Where are the doctored pictures of Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush with too much eye-liner? Where are the altered photos of Christie Whitman? And, wouldn't the media conspiracy get even better results if they applied this tactic to male politicians: Frist in lipstick, Santorum with eyeshadow, etc? It just seems odd that Harris would be singled out from all the other women in politics for such an odd scam, which seems to be solely tailored to provide for late night talk show jokes.

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