Photo of the day

From Alan Taylor’s Democratic Convention set.  Lots of great images– if you enjoy photography, you should really check out the whole set.  I’m going with two favorites.  First, you know I couldn’t resist this one:

Democratic vice presidential candidate, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention, on September 6, 2012. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

And I really enjoy this one because it shows the power of angle and composition:

A delegate watches as first lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, on September 4, 2012.(Reuters/Jim Young)

One word

Friday morning I was listening to the NPR story somewhat deconstructing President Obama’s speech from the night before.  They mentioned the issue of welfare and referred to “Mitt Romney’s discredited [emphasis mine] welfare attacks” on Obama.  Some times that’s all good journalism takes– just a single word.  No need go into a big back and forth– he said, she said– but just a forthright statement of the fact that Romney’s welfare attacks are discredited.  Now, sometimes it’s more complicated, obviously, but how nice if only we had more journalism like this.

The story also talked to Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter and she gave the standard political spin of cherry-picking numbers to put Obama in the best light possible.  Certainly not any outright lies, just your standard political stuff.  After her comments, they put the cherry-picked numbers in the full context.  Great– more power to them.  I’d be quite happy if they do plenty more of that to both sides.

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