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.
— 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.
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 http://t.co/6k5fa0cq
— Justin Snow (@JustinCSnow) 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. http://t.co/7TVSK4hU
— 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.
From Congresswoman who told us we had to pass the Bill to know what's in it: Defense of altered congresswomen photo – http://t.co/bKNgUc4L
— SHAUN HASSETT, CAMS (@DUE_DILIGENCE2) January 4, 2013
Wow. Nancy’s Photoshoppers are a talented bunch! Take a gander at the interlopers who tried and failed to get in on the fun:
— Dan McDermott (@danielpmcdermot) January 4, 2013