Fake but accurate: Pelosi defends doctored diversity pic of female House Dems


Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi’s office released a very nice photo of female House Democrats. The photo was meant to illustrate the diversely diverse diversity of the Democratic Party:

Just one minor problem: the photo had been doctored.

Always scrutinize gov’t photo releases. “Pelosi’s office releases doctored photo of female lawmakers” bit.ly/X5YidK via @poynter

— Charles Dharapak (@Dharapak) January 4, 2013

Not a bad idea. See, the four women in the top row weren’t actually present when the group photo was taken; they arrived late to the party (you can view an original version of the photo here) and were added via Photoshop.

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Nancy just couldn’t bear the thought of shortchanging us on women of color!

Um, no RT @chadpergram: Pelosi defends doctored photo of female mbrs. Says “it was an accurate record of who women Members of congress are”

— Michele Frost (@michelelfrost) January 4, 2013

It would be one thing if the photo Pelosi’s office released actually looked real, but it could not look hokeyer poynter.org/latest-news/me…

— Justin Snow (@journosnow) January 4, 2013


When asked about the photo, Pelosi defended the move:

Pelosi defends photoshopping in 4 female members who weren’t in the original photo. huff.to/Z3rX6H

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) January 4, 2013

Pelosi told a news conference Friday the picture was an accurate historical record of the female lawmakers from her party. She also said it was freezing outside, and that the members were entertaining guests on the day they were sworn in for the 113th Congress.

See? It was just cold! Or something.

“Accurate historical record?” LOL MT @byrontau: Pelosi defends photoshopping in members who weren’t in original photo. huff.to/Z3rX6H

— Chad (@HuntNevada) January 4, 2013

From Congresswoman who told us we had to pass the Bill to know what’s in it: Defense of altered congresswomen photo – po.st/nvCL8e


Look, Nancy. We know the Democrats have diversity issues, but this isn’t the way to fix them.



Wow. Nancy’s Photoshoppers are a talented bunch! Take a gander at the interlopers who tried and failed to get in on the fun:

Early draft of Pelosi group photo! bit.ly/VA32JA@jeffjarvis @ron_fournier @romenesko @larrysabato @jwherrman

— Dan McDermott (@danielpmcdermot) January 4, 2013


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/04/pelosi-defends-doctored-diversity-pic-of-female-house-dems/

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