August 24, 2010
McCain Ends Campaign With a Hug? Are You Serious?
I like the NYT election day-eve photo (below) a lot better than the one above Getty distributed and most everybody else ran.
What the Times pic calls out is the phoniness and impersonality of the photo op — reflecting the cynical and hateful campaign McCain ran, exemplifying his most extreme act of shape-shifting in a career defined by it.
Visual media does the public no favors with such collusion.
(Getty caption: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) hugs supporter Kathi Korth during a visit to a campaign office one day before Arizona’s primary election on August 23, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Once labeled a vulnerable incumbent, the four-term Republican is the clear front-runner against challenger J.D. Hayworth in Tuesday’s contest.)