Katherine Harris’ feelings are hurt.
Congresswoman Katherine Harris, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat next year, has again accused some newspapers of doctoring photos to distort her makeup as a way to poke fun at her.
In an interview on a conservative radio talk show Monday, Harris said some newspapers — she didn’t say which — altered photos during the 2000 presidential election recount when she was Florida secretary of state.
”I’m actually very sensitive about those things, and it’s personally painful,” she said. ”But they’re outrageously false. … Whenever they made fun of my makeup, it was because the newspapers colorized my photograph.”
She has made similar allegations in newspaper articles since the recount and in January told The Associated Press, ”The jokes about my appearance — it’s the computer-enhanced photos.”
Kenneth F. Irby, visual journalism group leader at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, said the development of digital photography in recent years has made it easier to manipulate photos. As a result, he said, newspapers have tightened their ethics policies prohibiting such practices and have fired people for making even minor changes in news images.
That makes it unlikely that newspapers did what Harris is charging, he said.
I sewar to god, Ms. Harris, I have not alterred this photo of you in any way shape or form.