That McCain photo

US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

I am shocked to see that you would actually make available the John McCain debate photo with his tongue out and arms outreached. What a great way to show a meaningful image from the event. This is pitiful journalism. I am removing all of my links to Reuters news and will not be viewing any of your “journalism” in the future.

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I think it’s a nice shot, and also would be a nice shot if the candidates were reversed. The picture captures a very human moment, which is when political coverage is at its best: GBU Editor

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well then lets see an equally ‘human’ photo of Obama which can also be misinterpreted the same way this one can if its printed without explanation–which it has been othe places. When all the coverage is slanted to the left–which it so obviously is, then its very hard to believe your explanation/motive is genuine.

Posted by pd | Report as abusive

What a fantastic photo… its very funny. I can’t understand the fuss. How can showing a photo of someone be political ? He is what he is…

Posted by Gareth | Report as abusive

Well I guess your first comment was from a republican. Its really hard to laugh at yourself when deep down you know that its your party that has put this country on the dirt road its on, YEA theres NO HUMOR in that is there. To take offense of such a silly photo is incredible. When we loose the ability to laugh at ourselves then we are truly to uptight. CHILL OUT and take it for what it is,a picture of a human being being a humen being.

Posted by Jim Mahoney | Report as abusive

I think the photo shows what many Americans know about McCain, he was nervous, and just before he made that face , had told Obama, that thought he , Obama, had done a good job, showing honesty, not willingly. I do believe in his heart John McCain is a good guy, but he hated the fact, that Obama did do a good job. McCain done a good job, but I don’t think he thought so. This is what happens, when you participate in dishonesty , in a political campaign , if you are a decent person at heart. You get confused, and you know you are not telling the truth in most of your attacks toward your opponent. I believe Barack Obama respects John McCain, and wishes this campaign hadn’t gotten dirty, not because he was offended, but because he saw a respected War hero, lowering his standards to participate in dirt. McCain, has made some bad judgements, in picking Palin, in dirty attacks, and not offering solutions. The media, blames the economy, I blame McCain, and I don’t think he is the leader, the republican party say he is.

Posted by Oplis Sloan | Report as abusive

You think this is bad? How about airing interview outtakes, like the Canadian Broadcaster ATV did? The Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion was told the warm-up Q & A wouldn’t be aired but lo and behold it was posted to YouTube within hours of the taping and was international news by sun-up. Stephane became a national joke overnight. Believe me…an awkward pic isn’t as much of a body-blow as 3 minutes of incoherent stammering. If this is as bad as it gets, vive le Reuters and it’s fair, balanced covereage and presentation of this race.

Posted by Morgan Beaudry | Report as abusive