What the hell?
In 2016 around this time I took Ethics Alarms to the woodshed for using unflattering photos of Hillary Clinton, like these.
It’s a dirty trick, essentially. Photos capture a split second of life and falsify it by freezing it forever. The news media has been using this tactic against Donald Trump with wild abandon, having essentially given up any pretense of fairness and objectivity. However, the Rasmussen graphic above wasn’t a photograph, and it was employed by the supposedly conservative-leaning polling service. Yet it could have been designed by the Democratic National Committee at its most nasty, portraying the President as a snarling, vicious threat, and Joe Biden as a calm and professional statesman.
Rasmussen was quick with a retraction that raised more questions that it answered:
- Why did Rasmussen have the snarling Trump graphic at all?
- What kind of “production error” would cause that?
- If the company is so careless with its tweets, what else is it careless about?
- Was a “rogue employee” the culprit? Again, this does not speak well for the company’s management, trustworthiness or culture.
- Any organization that sends out tweets without a vetting and review process is incompetent. Yes, that includes the White House. Especially the White House.
- Is Rasmussen really blaming the social media criticism of its botch? Or Trump supporters who have seen enough flagrant anti-Trump bias for a lifetime, and who expressed their anger at this example? The company needs to apologize, not blame the victims of its own system breakdown ineptitude.