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Atlantic Magazine Might Sue McCain Smearing Photographer
NewsBusters ^ | September 15, 2008 | Noel Shepphard

Posted on 09/15/2008 1:55:09 PM PDT by Zakeet

The photographer that viciously smeared John McCain at her website might be facing a lawsuit for violating the terms of agreement in her contract with The Atlantic magazine.

As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Jill Greenberg not only admitted to taking a rather sinister picture of the Republican presidential candidate that she hoped The Atlantic would use on its October cover, but she also generated some truly disturbing and disgraceful images of McCain which she proudly displayed at her website.

The magazine's editor, James Bennet, told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday that he was deeply sorry about this incident, and that The Atlantic isn't taking it lying down (audio available here, partial transcript follows, h/t NBer blonde) :

JAMES BENNET, EDITOR 'THE ATLANTIC': I'm already drafting a letter of apology [to McCain]. I mean, this photographer went in there under our auspices to take a covershot for us. Again, we stand by the picture, and we produced a terrific story on John McCain...But while she was there, she behaved in an incredibly underhanded and unprofessional way. [...]

MEGYN KELLY, HOST: What do you do to shut down her use on her website, not just of that covershot, but the disgusting things she has done to John McCain's image on her website which I won't repeat here?

BENNET: She's violated the terms of our agreement with her, or our contract with her. So, we're taking steps. We're looking into steps we can see to do something about that.

KELLY: Are you considering a lawsuit?

BENNET: We're looking into what we can do.

KELLY: Would that be including legal action?

BENNET: If we can, if it's available to us, yeah.

KELLY: Has she been paid?

BENNET: No.

KELLY: Will she be?

BENNET: No.

Clearly, this story isn't over yet...not by a longshot.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hystericalmedia; liberalmedia; mccain; mccainpalin; mediabias; msm; propagandawingofdnc; rathate; theatlantic
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The images of the war hero are truly disturbing and disgraceful.
1 posted on 09/15/2008 1:55:11 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
They should turn off every American. I don't care what your views are, no professional photog would do that to his subject.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 09/15/2008 1:57:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Zakeet

I’m a class warrior. I fight those who have no class.


3 posted on 09/15/2008 1:58:32 PM PDT by ari-freedom (We never hide from history. We make history!)
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To: Zakeet

But the MSM is impartial....lol


4 posted on 09/15/2008 1:58:38 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Zakeet
Oh, yeah. The Atlantic will sue some borderline-psychotic artiste photographer who should be in a home somewhere. That'll happen.
5 posted on 09/15/2008 1:58:57 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Zakeet

I have no problem with average Joes (and Jills) touching up photos for a cheap laugh. Hey, we do that here all the time. But when a professional photographer does it while on an assignment, that is a different issue. This photographer should be hanged, drawn and quartered! (Well, maybe that is a bit harsh.)


6 posted on 09/15/2008 1:59:41 PM PDT by mlocher (america is a sovereign state)
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To: Zakeet

Agreed. She should be sued to the gates of the poorhouse!


7 posted on 09/15/2008 2:00:29 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: mlocher
Ok, the photographer has a severe case of Republican Derangement Syndrome, what about the editor of the magazine? Isn't there equal culpability here? Fire both dolts then sue their butts.
8 posted on 09/15/2008 2:03:31 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Obamamaniacs idiot's one and all !)
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To: Zakeet

I would not want to be interviewed by Megyn Kelly is I was in anyway in the wrong.


9 posted on 09/15/2008 2:04:18 PM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Zakeet; goldstategop; ari-freedom; Slapshot68; Steely Tom

Personal feelings aside, The Atlantic cannot afford NOT to chastise this “artiste”. She was on THEIR dime taking pictures for THEIR story. You can imagine the possible consequences on getting future interviews if their interviewees are trashed like that.


10 posted on 09/15/2008 2:04:31 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Zakeet

For those who don’t know, check out Michelle Malkin’s site.
This “photographer” is the same one who brought in several children, asked the parents to leave the room, then terrorized the unsuspecting children so she could get shots of crying kids in her anti-Bush “statements”.

Read Michelle’s article. It will make you mad.


11 posted on 09/15/2008 2:06:07 PM PDT by Son Of The Godfather ("You're it!"... Get it?... It's a "tag" line. :))
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To: ari-freedom

Megan Kelly would be a wonderful presidential press secretary.


12 posted on 09/15/2008 2:06:13 PM PDT by nikos1121 (Mr. Smith is coming back to Washington in the name of Sarah Palin.)
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To: Zakeet
Just one more example of how demented a liberal can get. It is, indeed, a mental illness. Sadly, this sort of thing almost always starts on the liberal side and then when the conservatives try to respond or defend themselves it's reported that ‘everyone’ is doing it.

It's like they've given up on winning the election and are determined to use their old standard fall back of scorched earth policy.

I hate to say it, but the Bush administration hasn't help one bit with their reluctance to fight back the last six plus years. IMHO, their first error was in not cleaning house at State and CIA, but then they compounded that by seriously mishandling things like Scooter Libby's case.

I guess when it comes down to the nitty gritty you're either a fighter or you're not. I don't think there's any question about which category John McCain is in! And even more importantly there are differing kinds of fighters. Obama is the type that whines and snipes and runs his mouth. John McCain, OTOH, goes for the kick ass and take names approach. I think the latter is much more suited to the threats facing 21st Century America!

13 posted on 09/15/2008 2:06:34 PM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: Zakeet

Some people said Atlantic Mag was in on this sleaze.
No way. Even though they are liberal they got burned by this sick puppy. At least they didn’t pay her though I think this notoriety is helping her bottom line in the future

I saw a lot of her other “art” and it is dumb and ugly


14 posted on 09/15/2008 2:08:13 PM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! ::::::|::::: Never bet on Islam!)
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To: Zakeet

Isn’t it grand that the Left loves to bemoan the Right’s supposed “lack of civility”—yet they prove how uncivil they are every chance they get. Mostly on blogs, but now this. McCain should sue the Atlantic and make an example of them—they probably created an environment where Ms Greeberg thought such antics were acceptable. She will be no doubt be sued, but I’m sure her Lefty friends will bail her out and she will be the toast of cocktail parties.


15 posted on 09/15/2008 2:08:17 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: sinanju
The Atlantic cannot afford NOT to chastise this “artiste”.

True. They may also have learned something from the USWeekly disaster, which is: don't try to defend this cr*p; just go out and apologize for it before thousands of Americans call your advertisers who, in turn, can and will make your life a living hell.

16 posted on 09/15/2008 2:08:25 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: sinanju
The Atlantic cannot afford NOT to chastise this “artiste”.

True. They may also have learned something from the USWeekly disaster, which is: don't try to defend this cr*p; just go out and apologize for it before thousands of Americans call your advertisers who, in turn, can and will make your life a living hell.

17 posted on 09/15/2008 2:08:43 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: alice_in_bubbaland
Fire both dolts then sue their butts.

No argument from me

18 posted on 09/15/2008 2:24:24 PM PDT by mlocher (america is a sovereign state)
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To: dennisw

“At least they didn’t pay her though “

Well, unfortunately, we will prolly never know for sure if she got paid or not! You sure can’t believe everything you hear.


19 posted on 09/15/2008 2:24:30 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Zakeet
I'm sure she supports Obama, but the question is, has she given money to the O camp?

O should be pressured to give it to charity.

20 posted on 09/15/2008 2:26:49 PM PDT by JRochelle
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To: hsalaw

The difference between The Atlantic and Jann Wenner’s US Weekly is that the Atlantic article was (presumably, I didn’t read it) NOT supposed to be a pre-meditated hit piece.

Being blown off forevermore by all conservative and republican figures from Here to Eternity is no way to shore up your bottom line. Especially if McCain/Palin win.


21 posted on 09/15/2008 2:26:57 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: timestax
Since she got access to McCain through Atlantic Magazine, I would think they would have control of the photos she took.

NOt that it matters now that the photos are out there.

Anyone have the web site of this cow. I sure would like to sent her a letter.

22 posted on 09/15/2008 2:27:18 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. FReerepublic,com baby)
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To: LukeL
I would not want to be interviewed by Megyn Kelly is I was in anyway in the wrong.

I'll volunteer to be interviewed by Megyn. Wrong, right, who cares. :-)

23 posted on 09/15/2008 2:27:55 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Zakeet

The Atlantic magazine didn’t just pick this girl out of the yellow pages. They knew what they were paying for.


24 posted on 09/15/2008 2:30:28 PM PDT by CarryingOn (Che Guevara was a community organizer. That's all I've got to say.)
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To: justlurking

The Atlantic accepted the absurd photo and PUBLISHED it on their cover.

The buck stops at the Atlantic, not the idiot who doctored the photos.


25 posted on 09/15/2008 2:32:24 PM PDT by mountaineer1997
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To: sinanju
The Atlantic is home to Andrew Sullivan, one of the most vile Palin haters.

Andrew Sullivan gives sodomy a bad name.

26 posted on 09/15/2008 2:37:33 PM PDT by JRochelle
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To: justlurking

Megyn, I’ve been a bad boy, punish me....please.


27 posted on 09/15/2008 2:40:31 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: sinanju

“Personal feelings aside, The Atlantic cannot afford NOT to chastise this “artiste”. She was on THEIR dime taking pictures for THEIR story. You can imagine the possible consequences on getting future interviews if their interviewees are trashed like that.”

EXACTLY! — She was working for THEM, taking pictures for THEIR magazine. They paid for her services, and it’s THEIR reputation that’s taken a hit by her disgusting and irresponsible behavior, because who’s going to trust them in the future to sit for a cover photo without remembering THIS?

I’m no lawyer, but I doubt, legally, that she had the right to do what she did, since I assume the rights to any photos she took belong to the magazine. If I were the magazine, I would also sue her until she’s worth about as much as Obama’s hut-brother.


28 posted on 09/15/2008 2:47:46 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: Zakeet
Idiot Jill even had the nerve to blame the Atlantic for hiring her.

Liberals never take responsibility for anything. If she'd done this to Obama, he would be the one suing her.

29 posted on 09/15/2008 2:56:12 PM PDT by pray4liberty (It's the smile that keeps me out of trouble.)
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To: Zakeet

Another wannabe “artiste.” Crawl back to you ghetto Ms. Greenberg and start over.


30 posted on 09/15/2008 3:07:00 PM PDT by AdaGray
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To: Zakeet

If she did this to Hillary or Bill, she wouldn’t be breathing the next day.


31 posted on 09/15/2008 3:08:34 PM PDT by pray4liberty (It's the smile that keeps me out of trouble.)
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I haven’t been following this very closely, did McCain fall for something as well...in other words should he have caught it? Or is it just that she used photos that are routinely taken but would never be used normally?


32 posted on 09/15/2008 3:10:13 PM PDT by Crimson Elephant
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To: pray4liberty

do we have phone number,address email address for this wonderful women id reall y like to tell her what she can do with her so called art.


33 posted on 09/15/2008 3:10:41 PM PDT by stickandpucknut (Go Dallas Stars 2009 Stanley Cup Champs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Zakeet

What will hysterical Andrew say about his bosses when he hears this?


34 posted on 09/15/2008 3:16:22 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: sinanju
You can imagine the possible consequences on getting future interviews if their interviewees are trashed like that.

I think Jill just sunk The Atlantic...and they know it.

35 posted on 09/15/2008 3:23:45 PM PDT by pray4liberty (It's the smile that keeps me out of trouble.)
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To: Son Of The Godfather

I would have kicked her butt if I saw pictures of my kids crying like that. Those pictures broke my heart and I couldn’t imagine seeing my own toddlers with those tear filled eyes.

I seriously would have been in jail for assault because she would have been in the hospital.


36 posted on 09/15/2008 3:29:08 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: stickandpucknut
Read the Editor's Note. Seems they may have already got a lot of mail from outraged readers.

The cover picture they used still wasn't all that flattering...it made Senator McCain look like a plastic-skinned bulldog.

37 posted on 09/15/2008 3:29:08 PM PDT by pray4liberty (It's the smile that keeps me out of trouble.)
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To: Crimson Elephant

McCain thought it was just a regular photo shoot for a magazine article that actually was kind of flattering to him. But this Greenberg broad blamed McCain’s people for not knowing enough about photography to recognize she was taking unflattering lighting.


38 posted on 09/15/2008 3:32:27 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: dennisw
Some people said Atlantic Mag was in on this sleaze. No way.

No, of course not..

They just commissioned, approved, and published the outrageous cover.

No sleaze there....

39 posted on 09/15/2008 3:45:06 PM PDT by Wil H (No Accomplishments, No Experience, No Resume, No Records, No References, Nobama..)
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To: Son Of The Godfather
Read Michelle’s article. It will make you mad.

I would have called Social Services on Jill for abusing my child before the day was out.

She'd be taking pictures of furniture for Better Homes & Gardens after that.

40 posted on 09/15/2008 3:51:10 PM PDT by pray4liberty (It's the smile that keeps me out of trouble.)
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To: autumnraine

I found it amazing that she used the phrase “not sophisticated” in reference to McCain and his people not realizing what was happening. Sophisticated!


41 posted on 09/15/2008 4:38:00 PM PDT by stayathomemom ( nowanemptynester)
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To: Zakeet

On what grounds would they sue her? She had every reasonable expectation that she was following their editorial policy and the standards they have set over the years.


42 posted on 09/15/2008 4:57:35 PM PDT by TigersEye (Buckhead of the Bikini-clad Barracuda)
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To: Zakeet

On what grounds would they sue her? She had every reasonable expectation that she was following their editorial policy and the standards they have set over the years.


43 posted on 09/15/2008 5:00:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Buckhead of the Bikini-clad Barracuda)
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To: TigersEye; Zakeet

On what grounds would they sue her? She had every reasonable expectation that she was following their editorial policy and the standards they have set over the years.

I watched the Editor on Fox this morning and he has NOT paid this photographer was devastated at what she did, or at least acted like it, and he said he was talking to attorneys about suing her. He said she had done other work and was not familar with how bias she was. Fox announcer questioned that since she was able to google and see her work in the Dem party wondered why they would have hired her to photograph McCain. The photographer has McCains picture on her website looking spooky and I am just glad she is getting exposed for what she did and I hope they sue her for millions. That cover is not good, supposedly she made him red, including his eyes looked red. It’s so sad what that party will do ...they are evil, especially when losing. Losers...


44 posted on 09/15/2008 5:16:12 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (McCain/Palin...2 pit bulls, one with lipstick! Pigs will fly with lipstick Nov. 4th)
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To: autumnraine

Two possible scenarios:

1) Unsuspecting parents. If my child told me what this “photographer” did, I’d be posting to FR to solicit bail money.

2) Complicit parents. It is grotesquely fathomable that the parents of these children were moonbats themselves, and had full knowledge of what was going to happen. Sure, it’s their kid... but they were doing something for “the greater good” in BDS land.

Either scenario makes me fantasize about various uses for a shovel.


45 posted on 09/15/2008 5:24:57 PM PDT by Son Of The Godfather ("You're it!"... Get it?... It's a "tag" line. :))
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This is all BS that the Atlantic will sue the photographer. You are all being played.

The Atlantic was the magazine blog that spread the rumors that Palin’s daughter was really her granddaughter.

Don’t be played for a fool here.


46 posted on 09/15/2008 5:30:11 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: IndianPrincessOK

The magazine is responsible for what it buys and publishes not the sub-contractors. The editors aren’t blind are they? But Atlantic Monthly has been publishing more biased stuff for decades than badly lighted pictures so where is their complaint?


47 posted on 09/15/2008 5:43:14 PM PDT by TigersEye (Buckhead of the Bikini-clad Barracuda)
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To: Zakeet

More evidence that liberalism is a mental disorder!


48 posted on 09/15/2008 5:49:31 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Zakeet

More evidence that liberalism is a mental disorder!


49 posted on 09/15/2008 5:49:51 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: TigersEye

The magazine is responsible for what it buys and publishes not the sub-contractors. The editors aren’t blind are they? But Atlantic Monthly has been publishing more biased stuff for decades than badly lighted pictures so where is their complaint?

You’re right. THEY had to have checked that picture out and seen the additional pictures taken before they chose the cover with red eyes and skin...and very unflattering. I am glad they are getting exposed. Thanks for posting...I hope they get their pants sued off!!! AND no one buys their magazine.


50 posted on 09/15/2008 8:21:55 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (McCain/Palin...2 pit bulls, one with lipstick! Pigs will fly with lipstick Nov. 4th)
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