Over the weekend, the Associated Press once again demonstrated that 99 percent of journalists (visual and otherwise) give the other 1 percent a bad name.
Photographer Charlie Neibergall and, one would presume a photo editor, sent a series of photos like this one over the AP wire.
This from the same AP that regularly transmitted photos of President Barack Obama like this:
The AP’s response when called out?
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz was shown in a series of 14 photos taken by an Associated Press photographer at a ‘Celebrate the 2nd Amendment’ event Saturday afternoon, held at a shooting range in Johnston, Iowa. Five of the photos published by AP included images of guns seen on a wall in the background so that it appeared a pistol was pointed at Sen. Cruz’s head. The images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light.
The AP’s director of media relations, Paul Colford, thinks you’re stupid. There’s no other way to spin this statement. Does anyone with two brain cells to rub together think that the AP would transmit a similar picture with Obama, Hillary Clinton or any other Democrat for that matter?
When Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by a madman several years ago, the fact that her district was targeted on a map produced by Sarah Palin (without Giffords’ name or photo), it was evidence of the GOP’s “dog-whistle” calls to violence. This photo from the AP? Crickets.