Paul Krugman's terrorism column and the photoshopped Slate Situation Room cat.

Solemn Paul Krugman Times Column About Terrorism Illustrated With Slate Cat Picture

Solemn Paul Krugman Times Column About Terrorism Illustrated With Slate Cat Picture

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Nov. 24 2015 12:08 PM

Solemn Paul Krugman Times Column About Terrorism Illustrated With Slate Cat Picture

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Pictured: Obama, Security Cat.

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The Internet was abuzz Tuesday morning about a Paul Krugman New York Times blog post illustrated with an image, into which a white, fluffy cat has been inserted, of President Obama and other high-level officials in the White House Situation Room during the raid on Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

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Photo illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

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(The Slate post was itself a riff on a popular Foreign Policy slideshow—of real pictures—called "War Dog.")

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said in an email that the use of the cat photo was intentional—Krugman is a known cat guy—and since being posted it's been updated with a link to Slate.

Update, 12:15 p.m.: Krugman has added a note to his post. "Yes, I know there’s a cat in the picture; I took it from Slate, 'The Cats of War,' " he writes. "I’ve used that image before, to lighten things up slightly. Apparently I didn’t succeed."