Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and the other frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination won’t be on hand Thursday for the opening debate in the primary contest. And now it looks like neither will be the Associated Press.
The AP’s chief complaint is that the debate’s sponsors, the Fox News Channel and the South Carolina Republican Party, are letting the press snap photos only in the moments leading up to the debate, and not while the event is actually going on. As a result, the news organization won’t be taking any photos at the event, nor will it file a written report.
“This is about whether visual journalists will be treated with the same respect that text journalists are treated,” said Michael Oreskes, AP’s managing editor for U.S. News. “The public has a right to see presidential candidates as well as to read about them, and we think this debate should get off on the right foot.”
Reuters also won’t be taking any photographs, but appears to have stopped short of saying that its reporters won’t file a story on the debate.