U.S. President Donald Trump, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte carry out the group “ASEAN handshake” within the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC1FCFE4FEA0
The most up-to-date instance of high-profile media bias towards President Trump comes from New York Times’ prime photographer Doug Mills, who apparently snapped an unflattering image of the president as “revenge.”
Mills was upset when he wasn’t allowed to comply with Trump contained in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation discussion board conferences on Friday, which the White House press pool wasn’t invited to. Mills tweeted a picture of a black field with the caption, “This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today… blank.”
Mills was apparently nonetheless sad with the president on Monday on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit and took out his frustration by tweeting an unflattering picture of a grimacing President Trump that he snapped through the ASEAN leaders’ annual “family photo.” The photograph that shortly circulated on-line is an ungainly picture of Trump reaching throughout his physique to shake the arms of different world leaders. Video exhibits that Trump shortly made the unflattering face earlier than smiling and looking out presidential for the rest of the photograph op.
The anti-Trump media predictably beloved the unbecoming picture, with CNN’s Chris Cillizza tweeting, “This should be banned,” and NBC’s Frank Thorp admiring the photographer, bragging, that Mills “does it again.”
The Washington Post observed and revealed a narrative headlined, “News photographer who protested White House restrictions on access gets revenge with revealing shot of Trump.” The story famous, “Surely there were many other frames Mills could have chosen that made Trump look more distinguished.”
“Surely there were many other frames Mills could have chosen that made Trump look more distinguished.”
– David Nakamura
“Yet Mills and other pool photographers published the awkward ones,” the Post’s David Nakamura wrote. “What Mills’s photo does is make a strong case in answer of how this post began — the question of why the access of the independent press matters even on staged photo-ops or seemingly trivial events.”
Nakamura continued: “In ways both subtle and stark, Trump’s awkward grimace reveals the messy reality of high-stakes geopolitics that an airbrushed official portrait of the ASEAN ‘family’ would gloss over.”
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Mills has labored as a photographer within the Washington bureau of The New York Times since 2002. He had beforehand labored at The Associated Press, the place he received a wide range of awards for protection of Bill Clinton.
The New York Times didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.