Hadn’t planned on writing about MnForward’s “skinny Emmer” ad again, since it ain’t the Zapruder film. But after the Star Tribune’s Rachel Stassen-Berger blogged it, Brian McClung, who directs the big-business effort to elect Emmer, wanted to make sure his denial of any chicanery got on the MinnPost record.
Says McClung, “MnForward did not request that the photograph of Tom Emmer be squeezed in any way, and the ad production firm told me that they did not doctor or slenderize the photo. They explained that potentially, the differences between viewing it as a computer file on YouTube, it might look different than it actually does on television.”
OK, that’s certainly possible. I told McClung I’d wait until I saw the ad on my TV to fully vet that thesis. So yesterday, for the first time in my life, I recorded “Oprah.”
What follows is the TV image (top) compared to the web image below. Click to make it bigger.
I still see skinny Emmer.
Production notes: the TV image was photographed from my 34-inch HD-aspect ratio TV (one of the last HD tubes ever made, which explains the reflection). I did my best not to distort the image, cropped to eliminate any black, and didn’t change the aspect ratio in re-sizing the widths to match up. Still, we’re talking about two not-exactly-pro screen grabs, so make of it what you will.