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Shmarya Rosenberg, St. Paul blogger, catches Hasidic paper's Hillary Clinton crop

Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, in their rightful places.
Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, in their rightful places.
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St. Paul blogger Shmarya Rosenberg caught the Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung with egg on its face.

The day after Osama bin Laden was shot and killed by Navy SEALS, the including here White House released a photo carried everywhere showing the president and his closest advisers gathered around a TV monitor, staring at the operation's progress.

Two of those advisers were women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director for Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason. And a Hasidic newspaper cropped both of them out of the photo on its front page story about bin Laden -- because readers might find the two power-suited ladies too fetching.

Rosenberg caught the illicit crop job -- the White House forbids retouching its photos -- and blasted the news around the Internet via his Failed Messiah blog.

And he told CNN he might not have even bothered posting the photo cropping scandal because, "it was a slow news day." But the post went viral, and yesterday, Der Tzitung apologized.

"Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging women, which is certainly never our intention," it continued. "We apologize if this was seen as offensive."

Case closed? Not for Rosenberg. He launched into another attack:

Notice the 'apology' in effect says our freedom of religion trumps telling the truth. And, for those of you who don't know, there is no Jewish law mandating the removal of normally clothed women from pictures like this.

This is par for the course for Rosenberg, a former member of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect profiled last year by the New York Times for his muckraking crusades against "the actual and alleged misdeeds of the ultra-Orthodox."


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