WH takes flak for ‘male-centric’ inner circle, publishes revised photo

WH takes flak for ‘male-centric’ inner circle, publishes revised photo

Let’s test your powers of observation. The image on this page is a recently snapped photo of all the president’s men, emphasis on men. A number of media outlets commented on the male-centric look of this group. None, however, hit home more forcefully than the The New York Times, whose report prompted former deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter to state on “Morning Joe” that “that picture is not reflective of what actually happens.”

You’d think that would be enough to silence the critics, but President Obama – a man for whom image is everything – was not willing to take chances. Click here for the revised photo, released today. Notice anything different? Of course, there are broads … er – women in the picture. (Also, the fruit in the bowl at the center is a little different, but now we’re just splitting hairs.)

Why would it be tragic for the president to surround himself predominantly with male advisers if they were the best “people” for the job? You’d have to ask him or some other liberal for an explanation. This column can’t imagine a plausible excuse.

In the meantime, Press Secretary Jay Carney said yesterday of the ongoing House inquiry into the Benghazi raid on 9/11 that some in the media had “heavily politicized” the story. That is the purest balderdash. Four Americans were killed, no answers have been forthcoming about who knew what leading up to and following the attacks, and the lone suspect in custody – a Tunisian – was set free yesterday. The press has every right and every reason to pursue this story and to demand answers from the White House and others in the Obama administration.

The irony, though, is for a representative of this president, who can scarcely get through a day without politicizing something, to accuse the press of that particular dereliction.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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