What the Devil?
So you’re covering a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in the gym of the St. Clairsville High School when in your viewfinder the face of Old Nick or one of that ilk hoves into view behind the former first lady. What do you do?
Do you: 1 – Point, scream, run away?
2 – Shrug, put down your camera and just wait resignedly because you’ve suspected for a while that you were due a visit?
3 – Shoot only pictures of The Evil One because recorded public appearances are infrequent and even though it isn’t exclusive this is great archive material?
4 – Ignore the distraction and concentrate on the candidate?
5 – Not panic because you know it is only the symbol of the school’s Red Devils sports team, but include a couple of frames of it as part of a balanced report just like that produced of the actual event by Reuters photographer Shannon Stapleton?
Are we suggesting that Hillary Clinton is in league with the Devil? No more than we are suggesting that Barack Obama has natural radiance or that light emanates whence the sun does not normally shine.
Allowing their charge to be pictured in the same frame as a Red Devil does not appear to have been something that troubled Senator Clinton’s campaign managers and media advisors, maybe they saw it for what it was – a virtually guaranteed front page picture.
They set ‘em up, we knock ‘em over.