Saving face in economic disaster…
Memo to photo staff:
Okay, we all know the Greek economy is, to use a very technical term, going down the toilet.
Greece needs the world’s help and support, in large part because I’m thinking of going there on vacation in a few months and I want it back to normal.
I personally believe the more readers see Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou in the news, the more upset they get, so I’m proposing a somewhat radical shift in coverage.
Let’s stop showing the guy’s full face. His name is already too long to use in headlines, and if folks stop recognizing his face, pretty soon they will stop obsessing.
Johnson, I want you to cover Papacons… Papa… this guy’s news conference today, but no matter what, I don’t want to be able to identify him.
Get creative! I don’t care if you have to use a Lone Ranger mask, just don’t show his whole face anymore!
Top: Greece’s Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou listens to reporters’ questions during a news briefing in Athens April 11, 2010. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis
Middle: Papaconstantinou gestures during a news conference at an Ecofin meeting in Madrid April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas
Bottom: Papaconstantinou drinks coffee at the start of Eurogroup meeting in Madrid April 16, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Perez