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AP unflattering pic of Romney bending over called 'cheap shot'

October 10th, 2012 5:03 am by Staff Report

AP unflattering pic of Romney bending over called 'cheap shot'

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va. A student, right, reacts as she realizes Romney will crouch down directly

It was a news photo that, as Gawker quipped, was "ripe for captioning."


A pic of Mitt Romney bending over, while a seemingly astonished schoolgirl stands behind him, mouth agape.


The photograph, posted Monday by The Associated Press for all to see, has since surged across the Internet. The candidate riding a wave of confidence from last week's debate performance was suddenly made, pardon, the butt of jokes.


So was it a cheap shot? Tim Graham, media analysis director at the Media Research Center, said absolutely.


"It's unbelievable," he wrote. "It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind."


Read the expanded version of this report at the Fox News Web site .

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