AP Photo of Mitt Romney Called 'Inexcusable'

October 10, 2012 - 5:58 AM

Romney photo

This AP photo, taken by photographer Evan Vucci at Fairfield Elementary School (Va.) on Oct. 8, 2012, shows a student reacting as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney moves to crouch down in front of her for a photo with the class. The photo offended Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, who said the AP should apologize.

(CNSNews.com) - An Associated Press photo showing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney with his backside to a wide-eyed little girl has offended Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, who called it an example of media bias.

"It's inexcusable, and I expect the AP to apologize tomorrow" (Wednesday)," he said on Tuesday night's "O'Reilly Factor."  If that had been President Obama, the AP would never have published the photo, O'Reilly said.

Charles Krauthammer called the photo "ridiculous": I mean, look, Mitt Romney-- he's about the most straight-laced and polite, clean guy on the planet. For God's sake, the guy doesn't drink coffee," he told O'Reilly.

Krauthammer said the photo suggests that Romney is trying to make a "rude gesture" to an eight-year-old girl. "So clearly, the reader looks at that and knows that this is mischief done by the photographer and the editor."

The photo, Krauthammer concluded, reflects badly on the Associated Press, not Romney.

"How low is the media going to go?" O'Reilly asked. "That's the question we're dealing with right now."