Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon appeared on 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose Sunday night to discuss a myriad of topics, but the most curious takeaway from the interview was pointed out by professional photographer Peter Duke, who has photographed such notable conservatives as Milo Yiannopoulos and James O’Keefe. Duke immediately noticed the sick thing CBS did to Bannon’s face when he saw the segment.
“I wanted to talk a little bit today about color correction and grading, and how it can be used to make people look better or worse on television,” Duke says in a new video uploaded to YouTube. “This is a still frame of Steve Bannon from the 60 Minutes interview that’s going to run tonight. And the first things that I noticed was that there were red circles around his eyes and his lips looked cherry red. And I also noticed the curtains in the background looked really orange,” he adds, according to The Gateway Pundit.
“Now I’ve met Steve Bannon and I know what he looks like,” says Duke. “He’s Irish and he does kinda have paper skin. But, he doesn’t have pronounced red circles around his eyes. That’s not who he is in real life. So I started comparing the two shots of Charlie Rose and Steve Bannon to see what kind of differences I could find, and it was very interesting,” he continues.
“The first thing that you need to take a look at is the coloring saturation,” Duke goes on. “Those drapes in the Breitbart Embassy are actually the same color. Now the light lighting them might be slightly closer or farther away, which accounts for the brightness, but they are the same color. And you can see from these two shots that they are defiantly not the same color,” says the photographer.
“If you take a look at Charlie Rose’s shirt, it’s about 13 units of blue from neutral, which means that they’ve graded it into a cooler shot,” Duke explains. “That does a couple of things. It makes his make-up look less clownish and it also knocks down the contrast a little bit. So, I’m going to do the same thing to Steve. I’m going to make it a little bit bluer and I’m also going to lighten up the shadows a little bit. And Voila, the blood shot eyes are gone,” he says.
“Now I’m going to do to Charlie what they did to Steve,” Duke adds. “I’m going to kick up the saturation, the red, the orange, and I’m going to increase the contrast. So here are the two shots before and after, before and after. And here’s what the pictures would look like if they were graded similarly. Steve doesn’t have red circles under his eyes, Charlie’s make-up is subtle, can’t really tell he’s got it on, unless you’re looking. And Steve doesn’t look like the monster they want you to think that he is,” concluded the photographer.
Ann Coulter noted that this is something “networks do a lot” to make conservatives look worse. “That’s why conservatives seem to look so much better on Fox News,” she tweeted. Fox does not engage in these tactics.
GREAT VIDEO. Networks do this a lot. That's why conservatives seem to look so much better on Fox News. https://t.co/jWmP5YcYxQ
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) September 11, 2017
It’s downright sickening the lengths to which the mainstream media will go to paint conservatives in a negative light. Literally. They can’t fight us with knowledge and intellectualism, so they resort to using tricky video editing to make prominent right-leaning political figures look bad on television. It’s pathetic, really.