There's a story behind this famous picture of Jimmy Carter's second secretary of state. Every newspaper photographer dreams of taking an exclusive photo that will live through history and forever be associated with his name. That almost happened to the late Mike Lien, a New York Times photographer who took this 1972 shot of Sen. Edmund Muskie crying as he denounced the Manchester Union Leader for attacking his wife in a snide editorial.
Lien, then assigned to the Times' Washington bureau, snapped his picture in the snow and transmitted it to his newspaper from New Hampshire. Ordinarily, The Times would have had the dramatic picture exclusively.
But a technician in New Hampshire forgot to flip a switch on a photo transmitter, so Lien's photo immediately went out to hundreds of national wire service subscribers. And the picture appeared without credit to Lien on front pages everywhere the next day. Some observers, of course, credit the picture with helping defeat Muskie's presidential bid.
Footnote: When Secretary of State Muskie holds press conferences, he may recognize the face of Kandy Stroud in his audience. She will begin covering the State Department next month for the Cable News Network. It was Stroud's 1972 interview with Muskie's wife in Women's Wear Daily that was the basis for the Manchester Union Leader's editorial.