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September 21, 2008

Paulson's Ghost

Paulson Bailout

Credit to Getty photographer Chip Somodevilla and NYT photo editors for slapping this pic on today’s lead Wall St. giveaway rescue story, “A Bailout Plan, but Will It All Work?”

What we have here is something very important from the standpoint of visual politics.  Somodevilla is creating for us a more visceral and editorial — as opposed to literal and straight — conceptualization of the Administration’s trillion-dollar power play.

Feel free to jump in with your own framing.  What the incisive image calls out for me is the use of: fragmentation and illusion; all-too-pointed gestures; the creation and conjuring of ghosts; and the blurring of boundaries between Administration and operating and regulating institutions of government.

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