AP Pushes Photo With Close up of Ted Cruz With Gun to His Face–Claims it Isn’t an Attack on Cruz

The Associated Press is pushing a photo of Ted Cruz that shows a gun pointed at the Senator’s face but insists that the photo isn’t meant as an attack on Cruz.

The photo above is a cropped photo that the AP has been using today for stories about Ted Cruz.

Here is the full version…

And here is the AP’s photo spec sheet showing the cropped version…

As Breitbart notes, it is stretching credulity that the AP would ever use a photo like this for anyone but Cruz.

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 two but three of those photos to distribute to AP’s clients.

The AP has since come out to say that the photo isn’t intended as a political commentary on Ted Cruz.

Do you believe them?

**UPDATE**

Looks like AP has memory holed the photo. It has now disappeared from the AP wire service.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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