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Ok, Maybe His Hair Was Orange

Stay with Raw Fisher for continuing coverage of Mark Warner's hair color...This just in...The New York Times corrects its magazine cover photo of Warner, in which the Virginia governor turned presidential candidate appeared not to have orange hair...Here's the correction in full:

The cover photograph in The Times Magazine on Sunday rendered colors incorrectly for the jacket, shirt and tie worn by Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor who is a possible candidate for the presidency. The jacket was charcoal, not maroon; the shirt was light blue, not pink; the tie was dark blue with stripes, not maroon.

The Times's policy rules out alteration of photographs that depict actual news scenes and, even in a contrived illustration, requires acknowledgment in a credit. In this case, the film that was used can cause colors to shift, and the processing altered them further; the change escaped notice because of a misunderstanding by the editors.

You'll note that the correction says nothing about hair or skin color. But it seems fair to conclude that if everything else was "altered" in color, so were the hair, which seemed less orange than usual, and skin, which appeared a bit more orange than is humanly possible.

Coming up soon in an unsuspecting New Hampshire village: The Presidential Color Challenge, sponsored by Clairol.

Mandatory Minimum Actual Serious Content: Check out Warner's campaign video, which presents an impressive roll call of achievements during his term in Richmond and, perhaps surprisingly, goes light on the "getting Republicans and Democrats to work together" theme and much heavier on statistics designed to bolster his centrist appeal--more kids got health insurance and more folks got GEDs, but the governor also boasts of downsizing dozens of state agencies, lowering income taxes and applying business management principles to government.

By Marc Fisher |  March 15, 2006; 8:46 AM ET
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Another day, another Fisher ode to Mark Warner, this time linnking to his "impressive roll call of achievements during his term in Richmond." When are you going to make it official that you are heading up his PR effort?

Posted by: Al | March 15, 2006 11:28 AM

"the shirt was light blue, not pink"

Holy cow! That's a big difference! Not, like, a little red-violet shading over into violet-red. Ah, crayola, how I miss you.

Posted by: h3 | March 15, 2006 11:29 AM

Who the hell cares what color his hair is? The question is, would he be an effective president.

Posted by: Helena Montana | March 15, 2006 1:22 PM

"Who the hell cares what color his hair is? The question is, would he be an effective president."

The media cares -- deeply, passionately -- what color his hair is, because it's a question that doesn't require paying attention to boring things like policy. And it involves photographs. The media likes photographs.

The real question is, what's wrong with the American people that they're not all interested in the subjects the media wants to cover?

Posted by: cminus | March 15, 2006 2:02 PM

It looks like the Post erased the 35 or so comments this piece originally generated.

It just goes to show that blogging isn't for everyone.

Posted by: Matt | March 22, 2006 9:48 AM

Oh, nevermind, I thought this was the original orange hair article, not a follow-up.

But the fact that Fisher is still obsessing about politician hair is pretty lame.

Posted by: Matt | March 22, 2006 9:50 AM

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