Monday evening, Redstate published an article titled “Palin’s Third-Party Solution is Part of The Problem.” The point of the article was to show why they think she was wrong to suggest dumping the GOP if republicans help pass the amnesty bill in Congress. The author repeats the same line we’ve been told for years about why you can’t leave the GOP because it wouldn’t “do anything more than ensure a permanent majority on the Left.” What the author fails to see (and what any Conservative Californian can tell you) is that if the amnesty bill passes, the GOP will be a permanent minority anyway, so whatever(!) with the content of the article.
Redstate Posts Photoshop of Gov. Palin to Demean Her
The main problem with the piece however, is the choice of the image Redstate uses (as the top featured post on the front pages, by the way) to go along with the article.
Take a look:
I suppose that’s a funny picture… If you have the mentality of an emotionally underdeveloped frat boy, but to most adults, it isn’t. In fact, considering the attire and position of the person who owns the body that they Photoshopped Governor Palin’s head on to, it’s obvious that this was posted to demean her. The author did refer to her as merely a “celebrity” after all, and there certainly is no respect for her at Erickson’s house. Never mind the fact that she was the first female vice presidential candidate in your party’s history, guys.
So, where did Redstate pick this photo up from? The left-wing publication, The Fiscal Times:
The Fiscal Times were the people who originally Photoshopped the picture. They did it to go along with a series of parody articles about famous political types writing to Santa Claus. The person who Photoshopped the picture, used this photo of Governor Palin, taken at a Grand Rapids book signing in 2009:
What did Eric Erickson have to say when people confronted him about this on Twitter? He denied it:
The value of engaging people on twitter has gone to zero when ur timeline is filling with ppl upset over a photoshopped pic that isn't
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 2, 2013
Yes it is!
As a professional graphic artist, and someone who uses Photoshop on a daily basis, I can tell you exactly what the person for The Fiscal Times did. They took the original picture (seen above), selected Governor Palin’s head and some (not all) of her hair. They then copied and pasted that image onto the photo with the lady and Santa Claus. They rotated the image to match where the lady’s head would be situated, and then added some red tones and adjusted the light levels to match the scenery better. Note the blue hue on the altered image is still there even after the color correction. That’s because in the real image, Governor Palin had a blue curtain behind her, and the Fiscal Times artist doesn’t know the proper use of overlays. Or feathering for that matter, but I digress.
Here are the images side by side. I tilted the original so that they are aligned. Since I’m not on the clock, I didn’t attempt to recreate the color alterations:
I didn’t need to however. It’s blatantly obvious that this is the same image. I placed one image over the other while adjusting the transparency, just to make double sure. Yep, everything matches. The hair (minus the parts excluded by Fiscal Times artist), the earrings, eyes, etc.
Before Erickson denied that this was a fake photo, Michelle asked Ben Howe to remove the picture. Howe also denied it was a Photoshop but first stated:
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 2, 2013
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 2, 2013
She never posed for that picture and instead of taking that into consideration, the boys at Redstate dig in. They demean Governor Palin and everybody who defends her, but I guess that’s nothing new.
The folks at ShePAC also weighed in on Facebook, writing:
“LIKE” IF YOU AGREE: @EWErickson @BenHowe – we all disagree at times, but lets be respectful. The left demeans conservative women enough – conservatives don’t need to follow their lead. Please change the demeaning photo-shopped image currently on RedState’s homepage. Let’s lead by example fellas.
As of now, the image is still posted at Redstate. ShePAC was ignored by Erickson and Co.