2008_06_attackdog.JPGPhotoshop skills are necessary in the bitter cable news wars.

TV Newser noticed how Fox & Friends responded to a Saturday NY Times article about the Fox News Channel's ratings--specifically how CNN and MSNBC have been able to make gains on Fox's leadership position.

Pointing out that Times editor Steve Reddicliffe might be bitter about not getting paid $750,000 to edit News Corp.-owned TV Guide anymore, Fox & Friends' Steve Doocy said, "[Steinberg] is essentially [Reddicliffe's] attack dog, his poodle if you will," complete with graphic demonstrating how that might work.


Then Media Matters detected some possible additional Photoshopping of Steinberg's and Reddicliffe's photos, finding, "the journalists' teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe's hair moved further back on his head."

Of course, Fox News nemesis Keith Olbermann uses Photoshopped images liberally in his show--Bill O'Reilly doesn't really have such a tiny body.