Seems legit. Especially considering there would certainly be no outrage whatsoever had this been a picture of President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, or some other liberal politician.
Does anyone remember Gabby Giffords ending up on a list of Democrats that Sarah Palin wanted to ‘target’ for the election?
Of course, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is a Republican.
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That puts him in proximity with guns and gun posters, as seen in this picture from Associated Press photog Charlie Neibergall, more often than Democrats.
Still, imagine a similar situation–a U.S. Senator campaigning for President–and instead of a pro-2nd Amendment event, it’s a pro-gun control event. Imagine this Senator is standing in front of a giant poster of a pistol–one meant to demonize the weapon rather than promote it.
Imagine that this same AP photographer, instead of shifting a foot to the left or the right, framed a picture with the Senator’s nose almost touching the barrel, as a closer crop makes clear.
Imagine that this photographer, even though he took a few shots with this silly setup, took many more without it. Imagine that his editor–unnamed and insulated from public backlash–chose not one but three of those photos to distribute to AP’s clients.
Click on this link to see the much wider angle that the photo originally was shot.
Instead, the AP thought this was a good idea …
Media bias, or perfectly reasonable oversight? You decide.