The set of “Fox & Friends” took a moment for some media criticism on Monday morning, blasting a New York Times photographer for publishing what they said was an “awkward” photo of the president during his trip to Vietnam.
Specifically, they were talking about this photo, which was tweeted over the weekend by Times photographer Doug Mills.
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 13, 2017
Co-host Ainsley Earhardt was aggrieved, saying that a fuller video of the moment showed that Trump was smiling for most of the interaction.
“Do you see that face?” she said. “I watched the video earlier and didn’t even notice that … they snapped the photo when he was making that interesting awkward face.”
Co-host Steve Doocey picked up the baton to suggest that Mills was taking revenge on the president for a general lack of press access on the president’s overseas trip.
Doocey cited a tweet from Mills over the weekend in which the photographer vented his frustration on the matter.
This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam. Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with @realDonaldTrump #APEC2017 #apec pic.twitter.com/jFgsJW5OcO
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) November 11, 2017
To bolster his point, Doocey also brought up a Washington Post article which essentially said the same.
“Mills got his revenge at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit here with Trump in Manila,” the Washington Post reported. “Admitted with the pool for a few minutes to observe the annual ritual of the ASEAN leaders’ “family photo,” Mills snapped a quick frame that spread quickly through social media after he posted it online.”
“It’s obvious what they’re doing. They’re trying to portray him as being awkward.” said Earhardt. “They want him to be remembered in this light.”