Photo bias

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Photo bias is a tactic of using an unflattering or menacing photo of a supporter of an opposing position to create a hostile impression in the reader.

Examples include:

  • Time magazine's cover photo of Ann Coulter, designed to make her look like a childish fool.[1]
  • The New York Times's photo (June 10, 2007) of a man with missing teeth to represent opponents of the pending federal immigration bill
  • Photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein in 1983 while Ronald Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East.[2]
  • Mark Crispin Miller's polemical book Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order. The front cover of the first edition (published in 2005) presented Bush with a hostile facial expression.[3]