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Published on: January 4, 2013 11:31 AM
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THIS IS THE REAL PHOTO: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the officially opening of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Scroll down at end of news article for the altered photo released by PelosiTHIS IS THE REAL PHOTO: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., front row, center, poses with female House members on the steps of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, prior to the officially opening of the 113th Congress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen). Scroll down at end of news article for the altered photo released by Pelosi

Washington - House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site.

The photo showed four members who were not in the original picture, which was taken Thursday when lawmakers were sworn in as members of the 113th Congress. They arrived at the Capitol steps late, and their images were inserted with a computer program.

“It was an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are,” Pelosi told a news conference. “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 ... had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, to get ready to go to the floor. It wasn’t like they had the rest of the day to stand there.”

Pelosi said the photo reflected the nation’s diversity, because it included women from every community and religious faith.

“So we were pretty excited about it,” Pelosi said. “We got a lot of response back from the country, and one I loved was when they said, ‘Can the women in Congress hear the people cheering across the country?’”

There are 62 Democratic congresswomen including Pelosi.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM Anonymous Says:

A crawdad made her do it.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 12:06 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Big deal!!!

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 12:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Why is this OK?
Imagine the outcry if John Boehner had his photo taken on the House steps with all the Male congressmen!

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 01:09 PM bored Says:

Where is the all male picture? Or is that illegal?

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 01:47 PM rationalman Says:

it is the fact that the truth does not matter.....historical facts and other washington dishonesty and ingenuousness is important

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 02:22 PM Facts1 Says:

“It was an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are,”

Huh? Accurate? Welcome to the sophisticated age where words and honesty are exclusive.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 02:30 PM Reb Yid Says:

It's like the photos from the Soviet Union-they used to airbrush out the Politburo members who were no longer in favor.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 02:33 PM from-here_to-there Says:

I saw this story on another board but I couldn't find the extra 4 ladies - maybe it was because they doctored the photo to remove all the ladies from the picture.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 02:43 PM Richtig Says:

Reply to #4  
bored Says:

Where is the all male picture? Or is that illegal?

Because, and I'm not stating this as my personal opinion, we have had all male congress pics for centuries, and this represents where we've come

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 02:58 PM dullradiance Says:

An unnamed charedi newspaper is going to cause a stir. They also photoshopped the same picture.
There is a picture of the Capitol building with noone standing on the steps.

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM savtat Says:

Must have been a slow news day if this became controversial!

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 Jan 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM Yossel Says:

it's mind boggling that anyone cares about this.

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 Jan 05, 2013 at 02:08 PM Anonymous Says:

JUST like the picture is false so is Pelosi

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 Jan 05, 2013 at 07:05 PM victorg Says:

This lady is the reason I am a conservative. Heaven help us with the likes of this one leading.

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 Jan 05, 2013 at 07:36 PM ShalomCon Says:

Big deal. This is basically a "yearbook" picture for the girls club of the 113th Congress. Not documentation of a significant historical event. Even with 4 ladies photoshopped into the picture later the same day, it's still a fair representation.

Remember, there are some venerated historical paintings hanging in the halls of Congress like John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence.” that portrays a special moment in history, as a scene that actually never happened.

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 Jan 05, 2013 at 09:35 PM Pony Express Says:

This is actually a case of jingoism at a certain level. This was done for the liberty of the congresswomen and not for the prosperity of America. Falsifying a photograph is not the future for a human development.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 01:45 AM 5TResident Says:

Who cares? If this was the only oily, underhanded thing Pelosi ever did, we'd have less to worry about.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM Chanala Says:

This is news?
You've never Photoshopped a wedding picture when they take the pictures before the wedding so only half of the new couple is there? You've never seen how they manipulate high school girls' yearbook pictures, did you?
All this picture is meant to be is a picture of tthe female members of Congress. How they entered the picture is their business.

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 Jan 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM Anonymous Says:

If this is ok, why then was it so bad when "Di Tzeitung" removed H Clinton from the picture. Remember the fuss then?

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