After The New York Times ran a story on former White House staffer Hope Hicks and whether she would comply with a congressional subpoena, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed displeasure with the photo accompanying the story. As it turns out, her outrage was based on a totally false assumption.
Ocasio-Cortez contrasted the so-called “glamour shot” with allegedly “menacing” photos used for stories about minority victims.
“Yup. Where’s the ‘no angel’ take now?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “In the immediate aftermath of shootings, media routinely post menacing photos of people-of-color victims + dredge up any questionable thing they’d ever done. But when Hope Hicks considers not complying w a subpoena, it’s glamour shot time.”
Photographer Tom Brenner put a stop to that narrative Tuesday, posting the unedited photo showing that it was not a glamour shot at all—it was just a regular photo of Hicks from when she stepped into a meeting unannounced.
“From the ‘Glamour Shoot’ with Hope Hicks. Original frames from a Roosevelt Room meeting with the President and state/local officials regarding school safety on 2/22/18,” Brenner wrote. “One of the last images of Hope as an official before her resignation not long after.
“Also to further clarify the situation, I was also unaware that Ms. Hicks would enter the room to hear this meeting in person,” Brenner continued. “Officials are free to step into meetings, and at this instance she was standing quietly beside the door for only a few minutes.”