House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today, Jan. 4, 2013, admitted to altering a photograph of the Democratic women in the House. Her office added four women to the photo who were not present at the time the official photograph used by the AP was taken. In the attached photo, you can see the original photo on the left, taken by Mark Wilson for Getty Images, and contrast it to the photo on the right which was Photoshopped by Nancy Pelosi’s office and distributed on her Flickr feed.
The altered photos raised a lot of criticism for Rep. Nancy Pelosi who has quickly defended the decision to include the missing Democratic women in the photo. According to Fox News.com:
Pelosi defended the changes on Friday.
"It was an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are," the House Democratic leader said. "It also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive."
She said they needed to get back inside to greet constituents and head to the floor. "It wasn't like they had the rest of the day to stand there," she said.
Pelosi noted the point of the photo was to highlight the 61 Democratic congresswomen in the 113th Congress.
"And not only were they women, but they reflected the beautiful diversity of our country. Women who are from every community, as well as every religious faith. So we were pretty excited about it," she said.
While the original Photoshopped photo included in emails reportedly had a note that the photo was altered, the Flickr photo did not have such an indicator attached.
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