My first thought as I read about the Katie Couric issue was: "would they have done the same thing if it were a male host?"
CBS resizes Couric in promo pic
August 30, 2006 5:48 AM PDT
An image of Katie Couric, originally released in May by CBS, was slimmed down for reuse.
The doctored photo appears in the September issue of Watch magazine, which is owned by CBS, according to Mediabistro, which first reported on the alteration. The New York Post and several blogs soon followed with coverage.
As photo-editing software becomes more available to the general public, the public has become more conscious of altered photography. The software with which average Americans can change themselves has gotten easier to use, with many reality-altering options built into the cameras themselves. A technique, which gives the same effect as the Couric photo, is available as a "Slimming Mode" on several Hewlett Packard cameras. (See a photo gallery of doctored photos, from altered Iraq battlefield scenes to a mash-up of Jane Fonda and John Kerry.)
Couric is scheduled to begin her job as anchor and managing editor of "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" in September. She replaces Dan Rather in the position. (Bob Schieffer also served as interim anchor.) Couric will be "the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast," according to CBS.
A brief search found no stories of doctored photos or weight issues related to Couric's male predecessors.