Conservative MSNBC host, Joe Scarborough, suggested on Thursday that the National Rifle Association (NRA) had shaded a photo of President Barack Obama in the same manner that Time magazine shaded O.J. Simpson’s mug shot in 1994 (video below).
The picture appears in a new NRA ad attacking West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) for daring to work with Obama and Democrats on a gun background check bill, which was very similar to the background checks that the NRA supported in the 1990s.
The ad, airing in mostly white West Virginia, features two photoshopped images of Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg while a gravely, serious voiceover asks: “Manchin is working with President Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Concerned? You should be,” notes Mediaite.com.
“Is Barack Obama, I don’t know, he’s shaded awfully, awfully, I think the shading is rather dramatic,” Scarborough said. “I don’t know, is that just me? Do you remember when O.J., when Time magazine shaded O.J. in that mug shot? Let’s just look at this and let it breath for a few seconds. This picture and the photoshopping brought to you by the National Rifle Association of Wayne LaPierre.”