Last week I posted a little something on the controversy surrounding Fox News and it's decision to doctor photos of a New York Times reporter and editor. The reporter, Jacques Steinberg, had written a piece about an apparent weakening in Fox News ratings. The doctored images made him and his editor, Steven Reddicliffe, look bad in a silly way—yellowed teeth, big noses, etc.
Among the comments the post elicited, several stressed that Fox News was simply having innocent fun. But was it innocent? In his column in today's Times, media critic David Carr notes that Steinberg's image was manipulated in a particular way: