Skip to comments.White House photographer Pete Souza snaps, defends against critics calling his work 'propaganda'
Posted on 12/18/2013 5:54:11 AM PST by jimbo123
Official White House photographer Pete Souza shot back at critics this weekend, insisting he is not hogging coverage of President Obama.
Souza's unfettered access to Obama has made him an object of scorn among the White House press corps, who are angry that photojournalists are systematically blocked from covering the President at events.
The head of photography for The Associated Press has likened Souza's "visual news releases" to propaganda.
Santiago Lyon accused Obama of trying to "bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos at the expense of independent journalistic access," in a New York Times editorial last week.
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I’m sure he’ll share a room with Reggie L0ve in Hawaii...
Here is the 'thank you' letter Barack Obama sent to Shepard Fairey:
"Dear Shepard, I would like to thank you for using your talent in support of my campaign. The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign. I am privileged to be a part of your artwork and proud to have your support. I wish you continued success and creativity.
Sincerely, Barack Obama.'"
Your images have a profound effect on people"--BH Obama
Other "images" by Fairey...
by Shepard Fairey
"Stalin Lenin", Shepard Fairey,
limited edition silkscreen, signed
and numbered. 18"X24" *SOLD OUT*
"Bush Hell" by Shepard Fairey
Portrait of Angela Davis by Obama artist Shepard Fairey:
Angela Davis by Obey Giant, Shepard Fairey:
From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
PROFILE: ANGELA DAVIS
* Communist professor at the University of Californias Santa Cruz campus
* Recipient of the Lenin Peace Prize from the police state of East Germany in 1979
* Provided an arsenal of weapons to Black Panthers who used them to kill a Marin Country judge in a failed attempt to free Davis' imprisoned lover, Black Panther murderer George Jackson
* Icon of the campus Left and frequent guest speaker at anti-war rallies
* Leader of a movement to free all criminals who are minorities claiming that they are political prisoners of the racist United States
* The only path of liberation for black people is that which leads toward complete and radical overthrow of the capitalist class.
Angela Yvonne Davis is a tenured professor in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California - Santa Cruz. A former member of the Black Panther Party, she is currently a University Professor, one of only seven in the entire California University system, which entitles her to a six-figure salary and a research assistant. This income is supplemented by speaking fees ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per appearance on college campuses, where she is an icon of radical faculty, administrators, and students. Davis has also taught at UCLA and the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
"The political messages involved in your work have encouraged Americans to believe they can help change the status quo. Your images have a profound effect on people"--Barack Hussein Obama, in his Thank You letter to Shepard Fairey
To be fair to Toadie Souza, the press propagandizes too. I find it disturbing they don’t see this, though it is good (for the country) to have them mad at Obama.
The LSM made their bed...now, it’s time to sleep in it.
Pull those covers up tight, fellas...
I’m sure that Leni also bristled at the criticism that she received.
(OK, at least Leni had some amazing artistic talent, but she deployed it in service of an ugly cause and leader. The glorification of Obama in service of his cult of personality and his agenda is just as ugly.)
Why isn’t Andy Warhol filing copyright lawsuits ?
Why do you think that when socialists turn dictator, that the first to be condemned are the media?
The LSM helps get these nuts into power, then pays the price for their own stupidity when the nut is revealed.
“bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos at the expense of independent journalistic access,”
They Obamaed in their own bed, let them sleep in it.
Pete Souza just likes taking photos of his messiah with halos around his head.
I don’t know, or care. Why didn’t anyone in the prominent media expose this commie SOB for what he was.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much.
You forgot to show the lubricated, fitted O-rings for his mouth that go along with those knee pads.
I keep telling you people....
The regime realizes “old media” is in bad financial straits.
They are just giving the media a cost cutting method by providing “official” photos and videos.
Dump those expensive camera jockeys, technicians, etc.
Every photographer wants a good shot of his subject. Souza should not be blamed for that.
Souza’s work isn’t propaganda in and of itself. The way his work is used, however, is. That’s the unfortunate part and in this case it’s true.
Souza’s trademark “Obama With A Halo” photos aren’t propaganda?
A good example is the picture last week of Obama and Bush 43 on Air Force 1 on the way to South Africa. This was a double propaganda gain. It showed Obama wish a typical SE grin, while depicting Bush looking quite odd. Propaganda, indeed.
The flak is always heaviest when you're over the target."
However, he also doesn't want all those pesky reporters around when he wants to slouch around in gym clothes or take naps during the day.
Having only one photographer suits him just fine.
I can think of at least 10 reasons.
Lol. Good point. I just meant I didn’t care about whether the commie schmuck artist, Shepard Fairey, copied off some other lefty schmuck artist. What was important was who and what the bastard was and what he was doing, what he did previously.