TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Obama Tells Diane Sawyer Finger Wave, ‘Not a Big Deal’

An AP photographer got the picture of the day Wednesday as Pres. Obama took his post-State of the Union swing state tour to Arizona. Upon greeting the state’s Republican governor Jan Brewer, the two exchanged words and at one point AP photographer Haraz Ghanbari snapped a picture that spawned a thousand words: Brewer seen raising her finger to the president.

By Thursday morning the image made its way onto websites and cable news channels — most cable news channels.

Because it would be very tempting to use the image in news reports, a CNN VP had to remind CNN producers that the network is no longer a client of the Associated Press and should not use the picture. “Do not use this AP image on any platform. Do not even hold up a newspaper in which the photo is published,” reads the internal memo obtained by TVNewser.

Brewer explained that the president was “somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense” during the brief encounter.

Here’s how Pres. Obama explained it to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, when she got a sit down interview with him Thursday in Las Vegas:

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

(Image Credit: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP)

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 101

Social Media 101Get hands-on social media training for beginners in our online boot camp, Social Media 101. Starting September 4, social media and marketing experts will help you determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on your personal and professional goals. Register now!