CLEVELAND (TDB) -- A conspiracy theory beginning to billow involves suspicion that Hillary's campaign altered a photo clip of Barack Obama to make his skin pigmentation appear more black than reality. John Aravosis at AmericaBlog created the photo montage above. It comes from Clinton's new national security ad (top picture) and MSNBC video of the debate last week at Cleveland State University. Aravosis said he made the photo montage to see if it would demonstrate any covert move to use race against Obama. And it does appear that Obama's face has changed -- like a coat of makeup has been added. Aravosis writes of his detective work:
"I did this so as to take into account any editing, or quality issues that might have accounted for Obama having darker skin in any particular video. None of the three video sources I found showed Obama nearly as black as the Hillary ad does. . . Look at his lips. Look at his eyebrows. Look at how the red MSNBC background has turned more purple. Clearly the image was darkened. The question is 'why.'
It just keeps happening again and again and again. The Clintons keep doing things, saying things, that sound awfully racist."
[UPDATE: 5:54 pm -- Buckeye State Blog, too, noticed the sleuthing by Aravosis. At BSB, the verdict is guilty of racist tactics.]