Photographer Debunks Conservative Conspiracy Claiming NYT Edited Bush From Selma Photo

selma-new-york-timesThis past weekend a commemorative event was held in Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the historic march for voting rights for African-Americans.


Well, what would an event such as this be without conservatives trying to conjure up some sort of ridiculous conspiracy about it? And leave it to conservatives to make an event honoring the anniversary of African-Americans marching for voting rights decades ago – about a white guy.

If you haven’t heard by now, The New York Times used a photo from the event showing President Obama, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and others marching along the same historic path as so many others did decades ago.

George W. Bush was there as well, but he wasn’t in the photo – and conservatives have since proceeded to throw an absolute hissy fit about it. Several of my conservative friends ranted about it on Facebook and I ran across articles blasting the “obviously liberally biased” New York Times for editing the former president out of the picture.

“There was no crop,” ranking photo editor Michele McNally said. “This was the photo as we received it.”

According to The New York Times, they didn’t even get the much wider photograph of the march that included George W. Bush. Instead, they got the narrow version that placed President Obama in the center of the photograph. I believe in the minds of most rational human beings, that just makes sense. After all, he is the current president and he just happens to be the first African-American to ever occupy the White House. That’s fairly significant at a civil rights event.

Why would any rational person try to place any real importance on the fact that a former president was there? Furthermore, who cares whether or not he shows up in a New York Times photo? What is this, Where’s Waldo?

Then again, these are conservatives we’re talking about, so the word “rational” does not often apply.

Well, just as with most ridiculous conservative conspiracy theories, this nonsense has been soundly debunked by not only the New York Times itself, but by the individual who took the photograph.


“Bush was in the bright sunlight,” said Doug Mills, the individual who took the photograph. “I did not even send this frame because it’s very wide and super busy and Bush is super-overexposed because he was in the sun and Obama and the others are in the shade.”

Though I’m sure this will have absolutely no impact on conservatives who’ll still insist that The New York Times blatantly edited out George W. Bush for whatever asinine reasoning they can try to invent – even though the writers of their article specifically made mention of his presence at the event:

Joining Mr. Obama on Saturday was former President George W. Bush, who signed the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in 2006, as well as more than 100 members of Congress. About two dozen of them were Republicans, including the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. While sitting onstage, Mr. Bush made no remarks, but rose to his feet to applaud Mr. Obama, and the two men hugged afterward.

Such sickening liberal bias, right?

I guess we can just chalk this up to being yet another ludicrous right-wing conspiracy debunked by those little things called reality and facts.

Image via The New York Times.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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