Pelosi defends altered photo of Democratic women

January 4, 2013

(Photo via House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Facebook page)

The office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) digitally added several female members to a photograph intended to include all of the women in the House Democratic Caucus. 

While dozens of members turned out for the Thursday photo-op, some weren't able to make it on time, ABC News reported. Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, was among the members who were added to the photo. 

In addition to Wasserman Schultz, ABC News also spotted Reps. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) showing up late. Each of the four were added to the photograph. 

The Washington Post used a photograph of the Democratic women taken by staff photographer Bill O'Leary on the front page of Friday's newspaper that was not altered. 

When asked about the doctored photo, which was posted on Pelosi's Facebook and Flickr pages, the Democratic leader defended the decision. 

“It’s an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are. 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,” she said. 

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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