Oh how the AP must have laughed when their stringer sent in this post-Charleston church killing picture of Ted Cruz with a gun to his head. Well, five images. Instead of consigning them to the electronic dust bin, the news organization sent this one out to their customers, many of which ran it with thanks. Facing blowback from outraged gun owners and Cruz supporters (and gun-owning Cruz supporters), the AP pulled the image. Well sanitized it. [Click here to view.] Needless to say, it lives on. Anyway, here’s the AP’s statement on the photo-ballistic brouhaha . . .
On Saturday The Associated Press distributed a series of photos to our member news organizations and other subscribers showing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at a gun range. The images were not intended to cast the senator in a bad light and they remain available for use by those who received them on Saturday through our photo service. Five of the photos show Mr. Cruz with images of a pistol pointing at his head and upon consideration we have decided to remove those photos from further licensing through AP Images, our commercial photo syndication business.
Which still leaves the question . . .