A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. Clearly, the photo that an Associated Press photojournalist took at a pro-Second Amendment event in Iowa over the weekend has been worth many thousands of words as critics loudly decry what the shot depicts. It appears to have been no accident, no freaky coincidence, that the photo shows the slightly blurred image of a gun pointing directly at one of the speakers at the event, GOP presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
As Politico points out in its coverage of the firestorm that erupted on social media after publication of the controversial shot: “The photograph — taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall — actually captured a background poster, with a large semi-blurred image of a handgun pointed at Cruz’s forehead, straight between the eyes.” And certainly, if by some chance, it were a fluke that the pistol just happened to line up like an assassination weapon, the AP certainly wasn’t obligated to publish the suggestive shot.
Breitbart points out what kind of outcry there would likely be among Democrats if it were, say, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders or some other high-profile liberal instead of an outspoken conservative in the AP gun picture.
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How many think pieces about violent imagery and responsible reporting would we see? How many more if he were a woman?
Below is a brief sampling of the Twitter-storm that brewed after the controversial Associated Press image began to circulate.
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