The Associated Press has found itself under fire over some photos taken Saturday depicting Sen. Ted Cruz and a poster of a gun pointed at his head.
The photographs, by AP photographer Charlie Neibergall, was taken while Cruz was talking at the Celebrate the 2nd Amendment event in Iowa. Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, has been a huge supporters of gun rights. Despite the criticisms, the AP notes it was not trying to make the senator look bad.
“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 AP told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a prepared statement. “The images were not intended to portray Sen. Cruz in a negative light.”
Nevertheless, critics argue the photos were tasteless and that the same thing wouldn’t happen to a candidate on the left.
As a photographer, I can say that this photograph, taken by the AP’s Charlie Neibergall, was intentional! pic.twitter.com/Lo8C29eHUO
— Peggy L Price (@peggylprice) June 22, 2015
“I can’t wait to see a similar photo involving leftist Democratic Party 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who perhaps to many readers’ surprise, has to a fair extent been a supporter of Second Amendment rights,” Tom Blumer of News Busters wrote.
@AP Charlie Neibergall should be fired and you should report him to the secrete service. — Michael Trickey (@mltrickey) June 22, 2015