Archives About Staff BagNews is dedicated to visual politics, media literacy and the analysis of news images.
January 4, 2012

The Perry Gut Punch — But Was It Really Self-Inflicted?

Sure, the quick take-away is to blame Perry for his own hubris here, but that would be missing the point.  More accurately, the photo represents a media hit-and-run. If the visual media delivers the gut punch here, it’s because the media set up Perry in the first place. (We’re planning another BagNewsSalon for the end of the month on the Campaign ‘12 visuals and one image that will surely be in the edit is the Perry portrait by Platon for TIME. From the get-go, this guy’s anointment by the media, visual and otherwise, should not be swept out the door with last night’s confetti, Perry’s lone star-sized ego notwithstanding.

via NYT slideshow.

(photo: Eric Thayer/NY Times caption: Rick Perry appeared with Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., who has endorsed the Texas governor.)

  • Catherine McCallum

    The media has always played a role in political fortunes – ask Gerry Ford, Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, and John Kerry about the dynamics of having the press knock the legs right out from under you; then check with Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush on the fawning fairytale reports which swept them into the White House. (Yes, yes, I know poor little W feels badly used now – but if the press had reported on him more objectively, he never would have been elected in the first place.)

  • Merl Allen

    who’s the pissed off looking guy?

Refresh Archives

Random Notes