Sarah Palin says the Associated Press is biased and sexist for its decision to run a photo of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday (Oct. 8), showing a surprised young girl seemingly looking at Romney’s derriere.
“Hell yeah it’s media bias, and it’s also some sexism, when you consider what the response to Mitt Romney’s photo, which is degrading,” Palin says on Fox News. “And Associated Press, they’re jerks for having run that, even with the caption — I mean, absolute jerks and biased to have tried to taint some people’s view of Mitt Romney by running this photo. It’s embarrassing.”
In the photo, Romney is preparing to pose with a group of students at Virginia school. A vague caption accompanied the AP photo, leaving what was actually happening open to interpretation.
AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll issued an apology Wednesday after some people accused the wire service of deliberately using an unflattering photo of Romney.
“The original caption on the photo of Gov. Romney taken Monday at a Virginia school was literally correct — it said the governor was posing for photos with schoolchildren. But it was too generic and missed the boat by not explaining exactly what was happening,” Carroll says in the statement via the Huffington Post. “The student with the surprised expression had just realized that the governor was going to crouch down in front of her for the group photo. We amended the caption on Tuesday with that explanation, but by then many people had seen the photo and were confused by or angry about it.”
She continues, “Those generic captions help us process a large number of photos on a busy campaign day, but some photos demand more explanation and we fell short of our own standards by not providing it in this case.”