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Do Republicans Not Take Photographs?

03/07/2008 08:01 pm 20:01:00 | Updated May 25, 2011

A lot of people seem to feel the mainstream media favor one candidate over the other. I'm not going to make that judgment call, but it occurred to me to find out what one of the more democratic new media might have to tell us. Flickr is a popular photo site where anyone can upload their photographs for public consumption so I thought it would be interesting to see how the candidates are represented there. So you type in their names and here's what happens.

Barack Obama has 38,568 tagged photographs.

Hillary Clinton has 22,666 tagged photographs.

I say tagged because thats how the search works. The photographer adds tags so that flickr can search for pictures that match those tags.

John McCain has 2,462 tagged photographs. Less than 10 per cent of the others.

Its the same story over on Photobucket and Smug Mug, two other photo sharing sites. Lots of Hillary and Barack and much, much lower numbers for McCain.

Do Republicans not take photographs? Or are they old and don't want to trade their trusty film cameras in for those new fangled digital things?

Or is photography Democratic by nature?