AP editor: ‘We fell short of our own standards’ with Romney photo caption

On Tuesday, the Associated Press added more information to its caption on the photo of Mitt Romney and schoolchildren.

On Wednesday morning, AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll put out this statement:

The original caption on the photo of Gov. Romney taken Monday at a Virginia school was literally correct — it said the governor was posing for photos with schoolchildren. But it was too generic and missed the boat by not explaining exactly what was happening. The student with the surprised expression had just realized that the governor was going to crouch down in front of her for the group photo.

We amended the caption on Tuesday with that explanation, but by then many people had seen the photo and were confused by or angry about it. Those generic captions help us process a large number of photos on a busy campaign day, but some photos demand more explanation and we fell short of our own standards by not providing it in this case.

* “It honestly looks like a little girl is gaping at Romney from behind” (updatednews.ca)