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Friday fun: What the hell is up with ABC News photos?

ABC News is a respectable news organization, right? I thought so too. That’s why I’m mystified by the abundance of shockingly bad Photoshopped pictures on their website.

It’s been my hobby to collect these visual Frankensteins for the past few months. They range from simply poor in quality:

to tacky:

to just plain strange:

There are also not particularly subtle. If they have a story about money or the economy, they either frame an image with money:


or, better yet, just put a handful of Benjamins in front of said image.

I swear to you that all of these were taken directly from ABCs website. In fact, there was a gem featuring Obama and Hillary in clearly-Photoshopped cowboy hats (I believe it was for the Texas primary), but sadly, I cannot find it.

In fact, I’m not even sure Photoshop was involved. Given the images I’ve seen, it appears ABC executive gave a poor intern a set of safety scissors, a vat of Elmer’s glue, and an old flatbed scanner and let them go to town.

Finally, there are images that are so weird that I defy you to guess the story they accompanied.

Maybe I can get Flux Capacity to combine a bunch of images from abcnew.go.com together to give us all a terrifying vision of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’/Soundgarden-video world that ABC News lives in.

Written by Ben

July 25, 2008 at 8:35 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Is the baby buying black market in full swing again? Why so many photos with cash and babies?!

    adam38631

    July 25, 2008 at 10:55 am

  2. Eeek. Those are awful. It looks like in the Obama/McCain, money framed shot they went a little crazy with the eraser tool and McCain lost part of his cheek.

    emily_olso40101

    July 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

  3. Ironically enough the political ones still seem to fit our current state of governance. It’s sad to have such a fancy logo filled election, with candidate 2.0 drop shadows, vector graphics and cold war Russian poster artwork…. To these high fructose, sodium laden graphics. I’m sure an NEA grant will become available soon to ship some Whitehouse marketing staff to ABC.

    cheapRoc

    May 14, 2010 at 4:18 am

  4. i always thought that ABC news is even better than CNN when delivering up to date news*`”

    Peltier Cooler :

    October 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm


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