CBS and AP Photoshop Racist Picture of Obama

What exactly were CBS and the Associated Press's intentions by creating this picture published at CBSNews.com Wednesday (h/t Creative Minority Report via Ace):

As one can see, the darker Obama is on the left with the Democrats, and the lighter Obama is on the right with the Republicans.

Are CBS and AP not so subtly implying the GOP are all white?

As Matthew Archbold pointed out at CMR:

How could anyone think that changing the President's skin tone like this would be a good idea? This has got to be either one of the most racially insensitive and just plain ol' stupid photoshops a major news organization has done since Time Magazine blackened OJ Simpson's face. The idiocy of this is only heightened by the fact that Obama's heritage is mixed.

Indeed. Seems like someone at AP and CBS has some splainin' to do.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.