According to the AP, it was a complete coincidence that there was a gun in the background that was pointing right at Ted Cruz’s head. I mean, I’m sure that the AP photographer didn’t put up the gun poster on the wall in the background, but come on. He knew he wasn’t just taking a profile shot of Cruz. He positioned himself just right so that it looked like the gun was pointed at his head. It was no accident.
But AP responded to criticisms, saying that they had no intention of portraying Cruz “in a negative light.” The Blaze reported:
AP media relations director Paul Colford issued a matter-of-fact statement about the photos Sunday night, offering no apology for them and just stating that the images of guns on the wall made it appear they were aiming at the Texas senator.
“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,” AP spokesman Paul Colford said in a statement late Sunday. “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.”
“In a negative light?” What’s that supposed to mean? This was never about how the AP portrayed Cruz “in a negative light.” I think that’s par for the course when you’re running for president or any higher office as a conservative. The media will automatically portray you in a negative light. That’s just how they roll. It’s good for ratings.
And are we supposed to be okay with everything just because they said that they didn’t mean anything by it? I don’t actually care all that much about the photo. Like I said, this sort of treatment is what’s to expect when a conservative runs for president.
But like so many have pointed out already, imagine if a conservative outlet released a photo like this, except instead of Cruz, it was Hillary. Remember, it was Sarah Palin who got blamed for “targeting” Gabrielle Giffords, and Jared Loughner was only following orders from Palin.
So, if Cruz gets shot, will the AP get blamed for putting a hit on him? Of course not. They already said they didn’t mean anything by it.