10/11/12 4:09 PM EDT
Sarah Palin on Thursday blasted The Associated Press as âabsolute jerksâ and âbiasedâ for choosing to run an unflattering photo of Mitt Romney this week.
Fox Newsâs Megyn Kelly asked Palin about the Romney photo in light of the former vice presidential nomineeâs own experience with a picture in 2008 â an AP image of a photo of her legs with young male supporters looking up at her.
Romney did a ânice thingâ by offering to do a photo op with the school children and a âphotographer shot a picture of him that is unflattering and looks ridiculous,â Kelly said. The AP âlater clarifiedâ the girl in the photograph âwas just excited that the Governor was going to pose with them, but obviously this photo suggests something else and they came out and apologized for the caption that came with this, but not for the photo," Kelly said.
âDo you think that this is media bias or is it a forgivable mistake?â the Fox host asked Palin about the AP photo selections.
âHell yeah, it's media bias," Palin said. âAnd it's also some sexism when you consider what the response to Mitt Romney's photo is â which is degrading and Associated Press, theyâre jerks for having run that, even with the caption. I mean, absolute jerks and biased to try and taint some peopleâs view of Mitt Romney by running this photo. Itâs embarrassing.â
âBut when you consider people's responses to what this picture is, I don't remember a whole lot of people getting too wee wee-ed up about the photos that were run of me four years ago, including the young men that looked like they were looking up legs or up my skirt, even,â Palin added. âLast night even on Bill O'Reilly, I saw that he did a piece on this segment, I don't know if he did a piece on that when it happened to me or maybe some other women over the years, so I think that it's still kind of still a tell-tale sign of some little bit of sexism in our society, that we really need to overcome so that we can all move forward."
As the interview with Palin wrapped, Kelly added, âyouâve got to feel for the little girl who is pictured there in a way that Iâm sure her parents didnât anticipate.â
The AP changed the caption on Tuesday from âRepublican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va.â to "Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for photographs with students of Fairfield Elementary School, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fairfield, Va. A student, right, reacts as she realizes Romney will crouch down directly in front of her and her classmates for the group photoâ after criticism of their photo choice.
AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll said the AP âfell short of our own standardsâ with the original caption.