The Associated Press recently published the above picture of Mitt Romney bending over, while a seemingly astonished schoolgirl stands behind him, mouth wide open. The photograph has since surged across the Internet and now people are curious if AP was taking a cheap shot at Romney. Click “more” below for the full story.
So was it a cheap shot?
Tim Graham, media analysis director at the Media Research Center, said absolutely.
“It’s unbelievable,” he wrote. “It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind.”
A closer look appears to show the girl looking at something else to the right of Romney. The caption, though, did not initially make clear what it is she’s staring at. The caption said: “Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va.”
The AP has since tried to clarify. After FoxNews.com published an earlier version of this story questioning the use of the photo, the AP posted an updated caption to “better explain what was happening” — in that the girl was reacting because Romney was posing for a photo directly in front of her.
The updated caption read: “Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va. A student, right, reacts as she realizes Romney will crouch down directly in front of her and her classmates for the group photo.”