The front page of Friday’s New York Times is dominated by two impressive photos: Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to the Supreme Court, on the right, and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, on the left. The images are technically beautiful, and striking in their contrast.
After a long day of testimony by Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh, a vote for Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation is set for tomorrow.
This is the front page of tomorrow’s @nytimes. pic.twitter.com/UUQSlJF9ta
— Cassie Semyon (@casssemyon) September 28, 2018
Ford is shown standing tall and composed, her hand raised in oath as if to underscore her trustworthiness, and she is heroic (a woman on the left side of the photo is literally looking up to her). Kavanaugh, on the other hand, is seated, neither distinctive nor distinguished except by his angry expression; a woman looks at him from the audience wearing a look of derision or bershon.
This is masterful storytelling on the part of the Times’s photo editors. It’s rare we see a national political figure in such aggressive visage—not to mention a possible justice of the Supreme Court—and the photo, in this case, could portray the contrasts in the testimony in a way that text couldn’t.
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Showing Kavanaugh as angry and heated is a fair representation of how the hearing went—and it’s probably why so many other publications used similar
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