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Doctored Pelosi photo included Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Corrine Brown



pelosi-congress-small.jpgHouse Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was plenty proud yesterday to pose on the Capitol steps with 60 other Democratic House members, making history as the largest number of women ever in a party caucus in Congress.

But the photo was doctored.

Four members ran late -- including Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Corrine Brown -- and Pelosi's office digitally added them into the shot then distributed the photo as if they were there all along. (The four women were added in the top row; see larger size below.)

“It’s an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are," Pelosi said at a news conference today, defending the photo trick. "It also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive and that they had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, to get ready to go to the floor. It wasn’t like we had the rest of the day to stand there, but it was an accurate reflection of who the 61 members, Democratic women members of Congress are and not only were they women, but they reflected the beautiful diversity of our country.”

Poynter reports that Pelosi's office noted the photoshopping when distributing the photo Thursday night.


[Last modified: Friday, January 4, 2013 3:06pm]


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