Did Fox News darken Barack Obama?

Barack Obama in an image from Fox News (above) and his own website.

During one of my regular surfing expeditions through the Internet, I came upon the photo of Barack Obama above, which appeared on a Fox News election page ranking the net's list of the top eleven conventions in U.S. history from 1832 to the present. The first thing that struck me was how, well, dark his rather light skin tone looked -- particularly compared to a typical shot from Obama's own website, seen beneath it here. I wondered: Is Fox News purposefully darkening Obama photos, or choosing ones that exaggerate his blackness?

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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