WaPo slams GOP rep for posting filtered photo of Nancy Pelosi: Not so fast!

WaPo slams GOP rep for posting filtered photo of Nancy Pelosi: Not so fast!
Artistically filtered photo of Nancy Pelosi (Image: LU Staff)

Last Thursday, the Washington Post took Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik to task for posting what it called an “altered” photo of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter. The image, the paper noted, was bundled in a petition and fundraising appeal, adding, “The tweet marks the second time this week that a House Republican has tweeted a photo that appears to have been manipulated.”

Here’s the tweet:

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In this age of photoshop, there is a yawning chasm between “doctored” images, which change a person’s appearance in some notable way — by, for example, extending the nose to suggest the individual is a liar — and artistically rendered ones. Consider the companion images below, both of Rep. Ilhan Omar. The image on the left has been filtered using one of the tools available in a graphics program. The image on the right is the same photo in its original untouched state.

Ilhan Omar (Image: LU Staff)

The Post’s quibble with the Pelosi image is, thus, not that the photo has been altered to exaggerate the speaker’s features — it has not — but that it disapproves of the message that accompanies it.

Wherein lies the rub. No alarms went off at the Washington Post when a Democratic congresswoman committed  the same offense as Stefanik, and on multiple occasions. In those cases, the tweets contained politicized photos of Donald Trump. The congresswoman’s name? Nancy Pelosi. Have a look:

So why is it mean-spirited when a Republican posts a filtered photo of Nancy Pelosi along with a message the left-leaning paper disapproves of, but it’s OK for a Democrat to do the same with a photograph of Donald Trump? You’d have to ask the paper’s publisher, Fred Ryan, for an answer to that question.

(h/t Daily Caller News Foundation)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.