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Was BuzzFeed Duped?

Karen is suggesting that BuzzFeed was duped, from Lonely Conservative [1]:

A reader who is a photographer emailed me his analysis of the t-shirt worn by an alleged Mitt Romney supporter at a campaign event over the weekend. He believes the image was photo-shopped. When I pointed out that it’s a image from a Getty photographer he told me that he is familiar with the photographer and his work, and wouldn’t put anything past the left helping to get Obama reelected. Here is what he told me and the images he’s referring to:

Robert Stacy McCain takes a slightly different tack. He, none too tactfully, suggests the photographer was duped by an Obama plant, from Other McCain [2]:

I can pretty much guarantee that this man photographed at a Romney rally in Lancaster, Ohio [3], is not in fact a Republican, but rather is a plant sent out by the Democrats as a dirty trick.

  • Clue #1: Wearing a “Romney/Ryan” sticker on the back of his T-shirt. Nobody does this. Nobody.
  • Clue #2: It’s kind of chilly in Ohio this time of year, and the guy’s wearing only a T-shirt, while those around him are wearing coats.

My guess is that this guy also wore a coat when he entered the rally, then stationed himself toward the back of the crowd (in front of the riser where the press photographers are stationed) and then removed his coat to expose the T-shirt, with the explicit purpose of having it photographed

There is scant evidence the man in the picture is a Romney/Ryan supporter, or even in fact attended the rally.