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Photographer Who Took Obama
‘Selfie’ Shot Now Says
He’s ‘Ashamed of Mankind’

Newsbusters, by Randy Hall

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Posted By:drive, 12/16/2013 10:42:09 AM

Right now, the White House press corps is in a shouting match with the Obama Administration over the White House´s refusal to allow media photographers to take pictures of various presidential events. While the left-leaning journalists are tossing around words like "propaganda" to describe the official photos which are being released, the recent trip President Obama took to South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela illustrates that the media elite really isn´t interested in news so much as it is in preserving its institutional power. Perhaps the most-discussed news item out of the Mandela funeral trip was a picture that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/16/2013 10:47:36 AM     (No. 9656016)

Roberto Schmidt, a photographer for the French Press Agency. Now, Schmidt says that the overwhelming interest in the shot makes him “ashamed of mankind.”

So here´s a guy who works as a photographer for a news agency - and his job is to take pictures of stuff that would be of interest to users of the news agency - and he´s ashamed that people are interested in his pictures.

Sorry - that does not compute!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 12/16/2013 10:51:06 AM     (No. 9656021)

If this French chucklehead is so ashamed, I suggest he take his own life and end his embarrassment.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 12/16/2013 10:52:00 AM     (No. 9656022)

Obama has to have his image carefully controlled and burnished with a teleprompter and WH photographers. Anytime he speaks or acts by his own volition, he gets in trouble.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 12/16/2013 10:58:06 AM     (No. 9656026)

This guy caught lil barry being lil barry, people think he´s an idiot, and this photographer is ashamed of US? This is bizarro world stuff.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/16/2013 11:03:44 AM     (No. 9656032)

Well, La Dee Dah! Sounds like the photog needs to grow a set.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/16/2013 11:05:04 AM     (No. 9656034)

I think Schmidt is loving every minute of it. He is just stretching his fifteen minutes of fame for all it´s worth.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pgvoisin, 12/16/2013 11:10:30 AM     (No. 9656041)

So the new standard in "Progressive Journalism" (Oxymoron) is NOT to report news that makes the reporter "ashamed"?

And here I thought that journalism was to report the true state of things and let the reader decide what they think about it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/16/2013 11:13:05 AM     (No. 9656046)

The truth is Schmidt is sorry he let the cat out of the bag showing and proving what a buffoon heads this country and others.
I expect adults to act appropriately for the occasion and leadership. This is a clueless adolescent idiot who blows millions of tax dollars in travel to act like a happy hour clown.
Schmidt just showed the world what a worthless clueless clown looks like.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 12/16/2013 11:14:20 AM     (No. 9656049)

Yeah, he´s not ashamed that world leaders would act this way and there are those that would defend it....

he´s ashamed apparently that no one is slurping up his images of happy idiots partying at a funeral.

Too bad, the headline is misleading.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: WV.Hillbilly, 12/16/2013 11:21:45 AM     (No. 9656071)

Nice camera.
Be a shame if something happened to it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 12/16/2013 11:23:21 AM     (No. 9656074)

Schmidt needs to be thankful he´s not a US citizen. Those IRS audits are rough.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: nimby, 12/16/2013 11:28:13 AM     (No. 9656084)

Hope it begins with himself

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 12/16/2013 11:51:24 AM     (No. 9656108)

Two things which should have been mentioned but were not are the following:

The "selfie" wasn´t about Obama so much as it was about his cultural time: People of his generation and the ones bracketing his are utterly self-absorbed and have lost sight of what behavior is appropriate and what is not. Goofing around taking selfies at a funeral is narcissistic and just plain indicative of cultural rot.

Second, the inaccessibility of Obama to the press is his (and his handlers´) way of making certain that our cretin POTUS isn´t caught behaving like the inept, incompetent, know-nothing, lazy juvenile that he is.

This isn´t about the photographer and what he thinks of "mankind". It´s about the culture of Obama and the generations that bracket his.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/16/2013 12:04:50 PM     (No. 9656125)

Hall is somewhat behind the curve on this little story. Schmidt blubbered about "mankind" about five days ago. And the "mankind" bit turned out to have been not not his word but CNN´s or MSNBC´s (one of those lefty outlets). It was thoroughly discussed and nattered about at the time.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/16/2013 12:13:48 PM     (No. 9656132)

For anyone who cares about accuracy in media, here was Schmidt´s original statement:

“Why do people care about a selfie?” he said. “This is a sad reflection of our society.”

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115887/photographer-who-took-mandela-obamacameron-selfie-ashamed

No mention of being ashamed or of mankind.

From what followed that at the New Republic, Schmidt sounded annoyed that his shot of the class clowns got more attention than all the "strong" images he took at the memorial.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 12/16/2013 12:18:50 PM     (No. 9656138)

Re #15, even that New Republic article has added "ashamed of mankind" to its headline when its story quoting Schmidt´s words does not support that.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 12/16/2013 12:27:44 PM     (No. 9656149)

Photo is just one more indication that mental illness is not confined to American citizens. The 3 foreigners in the photo prove it.

When I first saw the photo, I thought it was taken in the wilderness areas of the Northwest. Then, upon closer scrutiny, I realized it was the sasquatch that lives in captivity.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: The Architect, 12/16/2013 12:31:15 PM     (No. 9656156)

He´s ashamed of Mankind. Well I´m ashamed of the President. He was caught being the egocentric little twit he really is. The progression of pictures ending with Moochelle´s face out of joint is priceless.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rmagnus, 12/16/2013 1:25:56 PM     (No. 9656206)

Obama is the one that should be ashamed. Humiliating Reggie like that.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/16/2013 1:29:34 PM     (No. 9656213)

Ashamed because everyone but YOU noticed the stupidity of it all? Because politicians are Narcissists and Obie is #1?

Get a life loser!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/16/2013 3:06:07 PM     (No. 9656320)

Start with yourself papparazzi.
As I understand it, Hemlock is the best crue for humanity hatred.

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