Kudos to USA Today…

…for a forthright response to complaints about the photo of Condoleezza Rice that Scott noted earlier today. Michelle Malkin observes that the doctored photo has been removed from USA Today’s web site, and the editor has posted this explanation:

Editor’s note: The photo of Condoleezza Rice that originally accompanied this story was altered in a manner that did not meet USA TODAY’s editorial standards. The photo has been replaced by a properly adjusted copy. Photos published online are routinely cropped for size and adjusted for brightness and sharpness to optimize their appearance. In this case, after sharpening the photo for clarity, the editor brightened a portion of Rice’s face, giving her eyes an unnatural appearance. This resulted in a distortion of the original not in keeping with our editorial standards.

UPDATE: Editor & Publisher has more.

SCOTT adds: See the updates to Michelle’s original post here for the proposition that brickbats rather than bouquets may be in order for USA Today.

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