Photographers describe staging of Obama photo after TV announcement of bin Laden's death

Reuters White House photographer Jason Reed says that "once Obama was off the air, we were escorted in front of that teleprompter and the President then re-enacted the walk-out and first 30 seconds of the statement for us.” Al Tompkins points out:

That means the photograph that appeared in many newspapers Monday morning of Obama speaking may have been the staged shot, captured after the President spoke. This type of staging has been going on for decades. ...

This practice of re-enacting an historic speech flies directly in the face of the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics which includes this relevant passage: “Resist being manipulated by staged photo opportunities.”

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