OUR NEW MEDIA ECONOMY  11:46 am March 31, 2010

Fox News Encourages Old Poor People To Try ‘Photoshop’

by Ken Layne

Having seen a lot of 'shops in my day, etc. ...
Cable channel Fox News needs content for its website, but of course Fox News stories consist of some video clips from a space movie, a weird chart with random numbers, and a couple of words like “socialist.” Tough to turn that into a few paragraphs on a web page. And that’s why America’s sad old unemployed people have been asked to make crappy photoshops for Mr. Murdoch’s web concern.

Pointlessly titled “Photo Op-inion,” as if that makes some kind of sense, this special FoxNews.com feature encourages angry slobs to try out that “Paint” program on the ‘puter:

Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, these images say it with pictures instead of words. Click through the images and then show us your talent by creating a photo op-ed for the NEXT slideshow.

And then, just to avoid Media Matters or whatever scold complaining about whatever dumb/vile image on America’s Number-One News Channel’s website, there’s this disclaimer: None of the images were created by Fox News. Hooray for not paying for content!

Plus, it’s a lot easier to “say it with pictures instead of words” when you’re flunked out of fifth grade. [Fox News Photo Op-inion]

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Doglessliberal March 31, 2010 at 11:50 am

There must be some journalists with semblances of professional pride who are just utterly abashed at working for this piece of crap propaganda organ. Or maybe they have all been fired by now.

DoktorZoom March 31, 2010 at 11:53 am

Oh, yeah. /b/ needs to be informed of this right away. Yep.

Baberaham Lincoln March 31, 2010 at 11:54 am

Gee, I wonder if any of these are going to be racist?

edgydrifter March 31, 2010 at 11:55 am

[re=545523]Doglessliberal[/re]: No, over the years Rupert has devised a foolproof screen to keep ethics and professionalism out of the copy room. His application has just one question: “Are you a whore?” The “YES!” box has a $100 bill stapled next to it. There is no “NO” box.

gurukalehuru March 31, 2010 at 11:56 am

I see watermelons a comin’

give us a bob March 31, 2010 at 11:57 am

So Fox is crowd-sourcing photo editors nows?

I would actually feel a twitch of national pride if they could compete with the Daily Mail’s awesome photoshopping ninjas.

And don’t think it wouldn’t be serious competition:

Cape Clod March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

Unfortunately, this gimmick might require computer, artistic and intentional humor skills. That’s a little much to ask for from people who think dressing up in camo and waving their guns during a wedding ceremony is clever.

SayItWithWookies March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

As though reading their misspelled, inarticulate streams of words weren’t bad enough. I hate to say this, but dear Adobe people — could you pleeease make Photoshop more difficult and expensive? Thanks.

Crank Tango March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

jesus this contest sounds like it could be fun. No need to master the “right amount of capslock” or anything.

Doglessliberal March 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

[re=545538]edgydrifter[/re]: I think some whores have standards, though.

JMP March 31, 2010 at 11:59 am

You can tell this page’s image was not created by Fox News, because while cut off it names the DemocratIC Party correctly on the van.

Not only are many of the others bad, but I can’t tell what many are trying to say, even trying to view them from the wignut mindset. Like, do they think Judge Judy is a terrorist sympathizer, or have some great hatred of Animal House? Or maybe these are just coming from the Family Guy / Genre Movie style of “parody”, where two random pop culture references together = comedy.

Chickensmack March 31, 2010 at 12:03 pm

It’s like paper dolls, for people who hate glue.

Darkness March 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Needs more Blingee!

DoktorZoom March 31, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Whoa–somebody get Josh Fruhlinger to do a close reading of THIS one: http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/opinion/2010/03/26/photo-op-inion-fixing-dc/?slide=29

Terry March 31, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Ooh, how about one that shows someone from Fox News as Michael Steele’s lap dog? That would annoy folks for a slew of reasons.

Prommie March 31, 2010 at 12:16 pm

This will expand their readership among the illiterate. You know, their core constituency.

freakishlystrong March 31, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I feel stupider and whiter after looking at these.

V572625694 March 31, 2010 at 12:19 pm

[re=545536]Baberaham Lincoln[/re]: It’s up to us, or at least the Photoshop-competent among us, to see that hideous racist images drive out everything else on that Web site.

Ruhe March 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

[re=545538]edgydrifter[/re]: Reminds me of the scene in “Action” where Jay Mohr’s Dragon stands in a small crowd of applicants for a producer job to announce which one he’s going to hire. He points across the room to the prostitute he had just spent the weekend with and declares “I think I’ll hire…that whore over there.”

Lascauxcaveman March 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Hooray for not paying for content!

Would this be a good time to point out the length of your average Wonkette post to the length of its accompanying comments section (and/or comparative snark content)?

thehelveticascenario March 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Man, that DNC=Gitmo image is a perfect example of projection.

comicbookguy March 31, 2010 at 12:24 pm

[re=545543]Cape Clod[/re]: “Unfortunately, this gimmick might require computer, artistic and intentional humor skills.”

Ummmm… no. Did you look at the photos? Whoever pasted bin Laden with the Hell’s Angels, I don’t know what they were trying to say but I hope they manage to stay anonymous about that. Especially in Oakland.

Lascauxcaveman March 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Here’s one that’s not crap http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/opinion/2010/03/26/photo-op-inion-fixing-dc/?slide=16 and it has a fairly positive message.

bitchincamaro March 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm

First SKS jumps ship; now this? Hmmmm.

happyrock March 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Every time I think these folks can’t out do themselves, they reach another nadir. Jesus Christ these people are retarded, insane, and scary!

Monsieur Grumpe March 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

One Rupert Murdock picture in a compromising position with a farm animal of the same sex coming up.

nappyduggs March 31, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Well at least they now have a broader outlet for the skills acquired at those Pictionary/Mock Lynching get-togethers they hold every weekend.

WIDTAP March 31, 2010 at 12:31 pm

[re=545523]Doglessliberal[/re]: Hey! Be fair and balanced. Foxnews is now phtoshopping misleading photos. Americans are photoshopping. Foxnews is only going to report about the photoshopping because “people” will be talking about it. Of course, whether the pictures are photoshopped or not is not for Foxnews to judge….

Mista Eko March 31, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Remember the Something Awful and Fark crowd that took it upon themselves to shoop Stormtrooper masks and raptor faces et al on baby Trig’s face? Please to forward.

There’s a reason why this segment will always be somewhat better on non-wingnut websites. The crowd is:
1) computer literate enough to do it effectively
2) worldly literate to draw similies from unexpected sources
3) measured enough to know what is humor and is predictable tripe
4) holds nothing sacred enough in order to bring the funny

give us a bob March 31, 2010 at 12:34 pm

This one actually looks marketable, for those seeking to profit off dipshits.


Besides, “Free Nobel Prize in Every Box!”

Tommmcatt March 31, 2010 at 12:36 pm

…and in other news, Google “Trending Now” indicates a strange uptick in searches for “Lips, Witch Doctor, Cannibal, and Raccoon”.

Ruhe March 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Where to even start! I do hope that in November that “Barocky” image becomes a meme that the morons have to suck on. And shouldn’t the car that Harry and Nancy are in be labeled “political career” since its the car that’s going off the cliff.

SmutBoffin March 31, 2010 at 12:41 pm

This is the one about the TeLlaPRomPtaR. (No, it’s not funny; why did you have to ask?)

PsycGirl March 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I can’t tell if submissions are automatically posted or if there is a screening process. Because if they’re automatically posted, there’s an opportunity for a wonketteer with time on his/her hands and better Photoshop skills than me to make a statement. I’m just saying.

tootsieroll March 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm

[re=545584]V572625694[/re]: BLOG WAR!!!!1!!

Cloacina March 31, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Why does Rosie have twinkies in her liver?

yrustoopid? March 31, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Considering these wingnuts routinely fail at poster-making, their native language, and basic human reasoning: some of these really aren’t that bad.

While not up to the standards of the snarky, elitist, socialist Wonkeratti: this one seems to be on the right track:

tootsieroll March 31, 2010 at 12:52 pm

It appears that there are specific topics that Fox puts out for people. The current one happens to be:
What will members of Congress be doing on their spring break?

Oh boy! Have at it.

Tommmcatt March 31, 2010 at 12:53 pm


Because overweight people sometimes eat Twinkies.

That’s humorous, apparently.

DoktorZoom March 31, 2010 at 12:57 pm

[re=545642]yrustoopid?[/re]: Some of their shoops are good and original. Unfortunately, the shoops that are good are not original, and the the shoops that are original are not good.

yrustoopid? March 31, 2010 at 12:58 pm

[re=545644]tootsieroll[/re]: Step 1: email Eric Massa and ask him to forward you some pictures of Caligula-esque Navy orgies…

Ruhe March 31, 2010 at 12:59 pm

[re=545645]Tommmcatt[/re]: But Twinkies are seriously good. Seriously.

ForTheTurnstiles March 31, 2010 at 1:02 pm

[re=545645]Tommmcatt[/re]: it’s funny because fat people NEVER EVER visit fox.com, or watch any of Fox’s fine television programming. Wouldn’t it be hypocritical or something if they did?

chaste everywhere March 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

[re=545570]Terry[/re]: Or Fox News as Michael Steele’s lap dancer.

Cranky Little Camperette March 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm

[re=545531]DoktorZoom[/re]: Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease!!! The potential for that is stunning. Someone must alert them ASAP!!!

Pity the poor intern who…nevermind, s/he knew s/he was interning for FOX…

Tundra Grifter March 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Why don’t they just do what ClusterFox does best: Keep re-running old images with new captions? Worked for their “coverage” of the various marches on Washington…

chascates March 31, 2010 at 1:49 pm

No Blingee experience required?

Extemporanus March 31, 2010 at 1:52 pm

A photo op-inion is worth a thousand tards.

imissopus March 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Remember when MoveOn caught flak a few years ago for a contest in which it challenged people to come up with campaign ads and someone made one of Bush morphing into Hitler and uploaded it to MoveOn’s site? And the wingnuts went into full-on meltdown mode? I wonder how Fox will spin the inevitable photoshops of Hitler’s head onto Obama’s body that you know the tards are busily putting together right now.

McDuff March 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm

As with anything Fox News, my first reaction always is “Edward R. Murrow is spinning in his grave.” But, now I wonder — maybe by giving these bozos a place to vent, Fox is actually PREVENTING a large number of mass shootings by those suffering from Democratic Party/Obama Derangement Syndrome or prehaps even an armed uprising.

Maybe Fox is crazy like a fox.

betterDeadThanRed March 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm

[re=545592]comicbookguy[/re]: I was thinking the exact same thing.

“What will members of Congress be doing on their spring break?”

That’s too easy. They’re all hanging out at the “Hottest Nightclub in LA” (and paying cash)

Botswana Meat Commission FC March 31, 2010 at 2:55 pm
OCKerouac March 31, 2010 at 3:39 pm

The lack of PhotoShop on the free computers at the library is an assult on these real murkin’s freedums…

doxastic March 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

[re=545565]DoktorZoom[/re]: I love it. A little classic, a little dada…the “goose of achievement” really gets me the most.

snideinplainsight March 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Uh… I don’t get it.

snideinplainsight March 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

but I guess it’s a little exciting that some Fox News viewers are zooming into the ’90s!

Lionel Hutz Esq. March 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

So, what percentage will be racist, as opposed to pictures of Marx, Stalin, Mao or a hammer and sickle pasted onto Obama’s forehead?

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