Slander by photograph?

What’s that expression doing on George W. Bush’s face?

A newspaper photograph of a political figure is less an image of the politician than it is of the editor’s political prejudices.

That said, the picture below is a truly alarming one. (Yes, that maniacal face actually belongs to the Commander in Chief; I had to check the caption to make sure.) Either someone at AP really and truly hates the President, or GWB has really and truly started to lose it.

Or, of course, both.

(Hat tip: William Blaze at American Dynamics.)


Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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