Magazine article The Quill

Official Bush Photos Result in Resignation

Magazine article The Quill

Official Bush Photos Result in Resignation

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The day after President Bush's inauguration, a Los Angeles Times photographer named Paul Morse was taking his official portrait. In some respects, he was following the examples of better-known photographers like David Hume Kennerly, who left journalism temporarily to work in Gerald Ford's White House.

The only ethical snag was that Morse had not yet left his journalism career behind. "This is a pretty ridiculous conflict of interest," Dean Baquet, managing editor of The Los Angeles Times, said in a story published in The New York Times on Feb. 12. "This was not even debatable."

But some of Baquet's subordinates hadn't seen it the same way; Morse had obtained permission to take the official portrait from one of The Los Angeles Times' deputy directors of photography. …

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