Media bias much, AP?
The Associated Press has certainly topped itself with one of its recent photos showing its official disdain for Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.
The photo, if you haven’t seen it yet, is of Cruz giving a speech at an Iowa rally to support the Second Amendment, which is a normal, very American thing to do, unless you’re a lefty and gunphobic.
Which apparently is exactly what the Associated Press photographer and his editors are.
The photo is a close-cropped picture of Cruz’s face in profile. In the background is a poster of a large handgun. The way the image is framed, the gun is pointing at Cruz’s forehead.
Whether the AP is implying by this photo that someone is going to kill Ted Cruz, or that Ted Cruz is committing suicide by hanging with conservatives, I leave the decision up to you.
But clearly, AP means to say that Ted Cruz is a dead man.
Remember about four years ago, when Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona (and oh yeah, there was that Republican judge what’s-his-name, too, who was actually killed)? Remember the hullabaloo in the media trying to blame Sarah Palin for the shooting because she had run an ad on her website showing gun sight symbols over several Democratic districts, including Giffords’?
In the thinking — if that’s what you call it — at the time, that ad on Sarah Palin’s website was so influential that it created a climate of anti-liberal violence that obviously sent Jared Loughner — who was in no way a drug-abusing schizophrenic — over the edge.
Now that I think of it, that’s not so dissimilar to the way an obscure anti-Muslim YouTube video caused Benghazi, according to the media. But I digress.
Is there any doubt for even one moment that if such a picture had been taken with, say, President Obama, not only would the photo never have seen the light of day, but if it had somehow been published, cries of bloody murder would have been raised throughout the land?
Don’t think for a moment that the picture of Ted Cruz with a gun pointing at his head was an accident. Photos do record real-life, it’s true, but photographers choose where to stand, what to focus on and how to frame their pictures. And when they get back to the office, they can also crop the pictures in Photoshop, as the AP photographer obviously did to emphasize the whole gun/head dynamic.
And just think, only about another year and a half of this kind of garbage from the media to sit through before the presidential election.