Some of you saw and heard me discuss yesterday the fact that Fox News was caught doctoring the photos of its guests to make them look worse to the American public.
One of our bloggers found that picture of me that I was referring to, the one that had my friends wondering when my head grew out of shape. I thought I would put it next to another picture of me so you can see the difference. What they did to the New York Times reporters was even worse.
Notice the longer forehead on the first pic (and mine), darkened eyes, yellowed teeth (second pic), and widened ears on the second picture. Again, what they did to me was not as bad as what they did to the Times reporters, but it still has a dramatic impact on how the public perceives you. It's easier to believe someone is a deranged villain if their facial features seem out of whack and not socially acceptable (much of this reaction is subconscious).
During O'Reilly's five day tirades toward me (this spring and last fall), my image was matched with other images of me as an "angry black man", which caused many Syracuse alumni to assume that I was a black terrorist or something before they'd even had a chance to hear me speak or read any of my articles.
While these actions are problematic and patently unfair, the truth is that this is what we can expect from Fox News.