Update: USA Today Removes Photograph

Earlier today NewsBusters contributor <a href="http://newsbusters.org/node/2490">Bob Owens</a> noted that USA Today doctored an image of Condoleezza Rice.

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</p><p>Original:<br />
<img src="/pictures/rice-original.png" />
</p><p>Altered:<br />
<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-19-rice-congress_x.htm">... src="http://images.usatoday.com/news/_photos/2005/10/19/RICE-inside.jpg" /></a>
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USA Today has now removed the doctered photographed of Condoleezza Rice and included a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-19-rice-congress_x.htm">... from the editor with the correction</a>:</p><p>

</p><blockquote><i>Editor's note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally
accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA
TODAY's editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly
adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size
and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance.
In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor
brightened a portion of Rice's face, giving her eyes an unnatural
appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in
keeping with our editorial standards.</i><p /></blockquote>

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