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Visual Character Assassination of James Comey

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 16:37
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Since James Comey accounced the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email case last Friday, I’ve noticed how nearly every picture used by the media shows Comey looking weak, angry, or defensive.  That made me wonder; Back in July, after James Comey recommended that no charges be brought against Hillary, what kind of pictures did they use?
 
Answer: Good ones.  In most of the July pictures, Comey looks like he’s in charge, upholding the truth, and being honest.  Even in articles that were negative towards Comey, the media still used good pictures.  
 
This kind of bias can be seen as a form of “Visual Character Assassination”: The slandering of a person through the use of pictures, usually with the intention of destroying public confidence in that person
 
The use of negative pictures is quite subversive as they involentarily create negative feelings towards Comey.  Furthermore, they prime the reader to be more susceptable towards any negative arguments made by the author.  Regardless of merit.

Below are some examples of the Visual Character Assassination of James Comey in the media.

Note: The following pictures appeared as the accompanying images of articles found within Google News search results between Jully 5th-7th & October 28th-30th.

Examples of “Visual Character Assassination” from the following Media Outlets.

Politico (July)

Politico (October)

James Comey is pictured. | AP Photo


ABC (July)

PHOTO: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled

ABC  (October)

PHOTO:FBI Director James Comey before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, July 7, 2016.


The Daily Beast (July)

http://cdn.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2016/07/05/fbi-director-james-comey-just-crushed-hillary-clinton-s-email-excuses/jcr:content/image.crop.800.500.jpg/48926881.cached.jpg

The Daily Beast (October)


NBC (July)

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NBC (October)

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Reuters (July)

http://s2.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20160707&t=2&i=1144485602&w=&fh=&fw=&ll=780&pl=468&sq=&r=LYNXNPEC6616F

Reuters (October)

Imagen de archivo del director del FBI, James Comey, en Washington, sep 27, 2016. Altos asesores de la candidata demócrata a la Casa Blanca, Hillary Clinton, criticaron el sábado a Comey por iniciar una nueva controversia por una investigación de larga data sobre emails privados a menos de dos semanas de la elección presidencial. REUTERS/Gary Cameron


Los Angeles Times (July)

Los Angeles Times (October)


Boston Globe (July)

epa05413551 FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the State Department', focusing on the FBI's recommendation not to prosecute Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 07 July 2016. Comey has faced heavy criticism from some Republican lawmakers for the FBI's recommendation not to prosecute Clinton for maintaining a private email server while she was Secretary of State. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Boston Globe (October)

FBI Director James Comey.


The Atlantic (July)

https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2016/07/AP_16187545951655/lead_large.jpg?1467732827

The Atlantic (October)


NPR (July)

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/07/07/gettyimages-545319534_wide-550f8678ca1b1f269b1b6db1e65628a84003633c-s600-c85.jpg

NPR (October)

http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/10/29/ap_16274607214849-0b90a3f9d5bfc417cb573c61c30b2a5e9a8883f4-s800-c85.jpg


Inquisitr (July)

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Inquisitr (October)

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Washington Times (July)

FBI Director James Comey pauses while making a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Washington Times (October)

Appearing before Congress for yet another marathon session, FBI Director James B. Comey was badgered by Republicans who said the more they see, the less they understand his decision to clear Mrs. Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in her mishandling of classified information. (Associated Press)


El Mundo (July)

http://e04-elmundo.uecdn.es/assets/multimedia/imagenes/2016/07/07/14679031471011.jpg

El Mundo (October)

http://e02-elmundo.uecdn.es/assets/multimedia/imagenes/2016/10/28/14776860745500.jpg


Washington Examiner (July)

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Washington Examiner (October)

FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Observer (July)

FBI Director James Comey.

Observer (October)

FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress.


New York Times (July)

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New York Times (October)

https://cdn1.nyt.com/images/2016/10/30/opinion/30painter-img/30painter-img-articleLarge.jpg


Huffington Post (July)

https://news.am/img/news/33/60/91/default.jpg

Huffington Post (October)

http://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/scalefit_630_noupscale/5813ff2b17000006035ba7fb.jpeg


 

Surprisingly little “Visual Character Assassination” from the following Media Outlets.

CNN (July)

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CNN (October)

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MSNBC (July)

FBI Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo by Ben Margot/AP)

MSNBC (October)

FBI Director James B. Comey listens to a question from a reporter during a media conference in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014. (Photo by Ben Margot/AP)


Washington Post (July)

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Washington Post (October)

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_960w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2016/10/28/Editorial-Opinion/Images/2016-10-28T172726Z_01_TOR316_RTRIDSP_3_USA-ELECTION-CLINTON-1896.jpg&w=1484

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  • Very interesting comparison. Clearly there is manipulation at play. Now that they “got to him” and he’s canceled the possibility of charges, I wonder if they will put a halo over his head and welcome him back into their fold. Look into it for a followup article. :wink:

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