That’s the question many are asking after the news service released a photo of Cruz with a gun pointed right at his head. The photo was taken during a Cruz campaign stop at an Iowa shooting range. Cruz was speaking to a group of supporters, with a poster of a gun hanging on a nearby wall. The AP photographer, who has not been identified, took the photo from Cruz’s right side, with the poster in the background, making it appear as if the gun on the poster is aimed at Cruz’s head.
Many are upset that the photo comes just days after nine people were gunned down in a church in South Carolina, and feel AP was taking a not-so-subtle swipe at Cruz. Fox News Latino reports:
Politico quoted Paul Colford, an AP vice president and its director of media relations, saying, “The images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light.” But that denial didn’t stop people from assuming that it was.
Ben Howe, a contributor to the website RedState, tweeted, “Here’s the thing, @AP: If I Photoshopped Obama over Cruz in that photo you ran, the Secret Service would visit me.”
One has to wonder: if the AP’s photographers are so brazen in their bias, how do AP reporters shape and manipulate their reporting of the news, where their bias is not so easily exposed? Has there ever been an instance in which the AP treated a Democrat with such disrespect?
H/T: Fox News Latino