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Fox News Encourages Old Poor People To Try ‘Photoshop’

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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57 comments

  1. Doglessliberal

    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.

  2. edgydrifter

    [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.

  3. Cape Clod

    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.

  4. SayItWithWookies

    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.

  5. Crank Tango

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

  6. JMP

    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.

  7. Terry

    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.

  8. V572625694

    [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.

  9. Ruhe

    [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.”

  10. Lascauxcaveman

    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)?

  11. comicbookguy

    [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.

  12. happyrock

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

  13. Monsieur Grumpe

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

  14. nappyduggs

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

  15. WIDTAP

    [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….

  16. Mista Eko

    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

  17. Tommmcatt

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

  18. Ruhe

    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.

  19. PsycGirl

    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.

  20. tootsieroll

    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.

  21. Tommmcatt

    [re=545633]Cloacina[/re]:

    Because overweight people sometimes eat Twinkies.

    That’s humorous, apparently.

  22. DoktorZoom

    [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.

  23. yrustoopid?

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

  24. ForTheTurnstiles

    [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?

  25. Cranky Little Camperette

    [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…

  26. Tundra Grifter

    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…

  27. imissopus

    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.

  28. McDuff

    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.

  29. betterDeadThanRed

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

    [re=545644]tootsieroll[/re]:
    “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)

  30. OCKerouac

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

  31. doxastic

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

  32. snideinplainsight

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

  33. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    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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