Stop Using Aurora Shooting Photos For Politics. Now.

UPDATE: Ken Buck's Senate campaign appears to have deleted this photo.


Back in June, we called out a local conservative blog after they used a photo of President Barack Obama hugging Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for an attack unrelated to the original photo's context. Seeking a photo of an unhappy Gov. Hickenlooper with Obama, they ended up using an image of Obama embracing Hickenlooper in the immediate aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting. To that blog's credit, once this was pointed out to them, they promptly removed the photo and apologized for misusing it.

This time, it's Ken Buck's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign:


The photo used in this graphic is a copyrighted Associated Press photo. Here's the accompanying caption:

President Barack Obama, second from left, talks with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, as Aurora, Colo., Police Chief Daniel Oates, right, and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, second from right, watch, after Obama arrived at at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sunday, July 22, 2012. Obama is traveling to Aurora, Colorado to visit with families of victims of the movie theater shooting as well as local officials. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

And with that, it's time for Ken Buck to eat some fresh crow. With one final note to all Colorado Republicans going forward: photos of grieving officials following the Aurora shootings are off limits for political attacks. No exceptions.

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. ajb says:

    It's prominent on his facebook page, too. 

  2. itlduso says:

    And, they photoshopped the photo because it appears that the president is shaking hands with his left hand and Udall's right hand.  Just sayin'.

    • bullshit! says:

      Click the link to the original photo. It looks like they mirror reversed it for some reason.

      • ajb says:

        You read left to right. If they leave the original, your eye ends up on Hick. Plus with the big blank in the upper-left, the first thing you see is Ken Buck's name. 

        But it also raises the issue of copyright. Even if you have permission to use the image, you're usually not allowed to alter it. 

        So why is Ken Buck, District Attorney, breaking the law? Must be time to throw another intern under the bus.

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