Have you noticed that most of the news photos of John Kerry this week show him smiling or laughing? I, for one, was always rather partial to Lurch the Butler, but Kerry’s rather lugubrious mien seemed to be a problem for him among the voters. So this week’s photos are almost certainly better for him than the previous photos were.
That raises a question. Has Kerry been told to smile more this week — or is he perhaps actually more cheerful this week — or have the photo editors just decided to cut him some slack for once?
By the same token, over the past several months it has seemed to me that Mr. Bush has been getting much less reverential treatment from the photo editors than was true for most of his term. Since most people take in more from pictures than from words, the power to select photographs may be more important than the power to edit the text of news stories. It’s also a much easier power to abuse without getting caught.