Does altered photo of Trump rally attendee defame her?

Someone maliciously altered a photo of an individual attending a rally for Donald Trump, and the alteration makes it look as though the individual is a racist.

Did the person who faked the photo defame the attendee?

fake Trump rally photo

Did the person altering this photograph defame the woman wearing the t-shirt with the word ‘great’? (Snip: @FelicityMorse via Twitter)

The original photo showed women lined up, each wearing a t-shirt with one word in Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” The person who altered the picture changed the word ‘great’ to ‘white’. This made the woman in the photo appear to be what politicians call a racist.

Numerous open borders and other groups exploiting skin color and ethnicity for political gain claim Trump’s slogan is code for “Make America White Again.” That people buy into such deception suggests anti-Trump activists are easily duped.

It also stands to reason Trump’s opponents on both sides of the aisle may be attempting to set him up at times, but that’s another argument.

I did find one person in media who corrected the slur—she works for the BBC in the United Kingdom. Felicity Morse (@FelicityMorse) did a side-by-side of the original photo and the fake.

The term ‘race’ is a false construct used to exploit people of all colors. There’s only one race, the human race. On that matter, the science truly is settled. 

Creating a false impression of an individual at a rally could cost that person a job, or even worse, set her up as a target. Whoever altered the photo should be held accountable. The photo has begun to pop up on a number of social media.

Has the woman at the rally been defamed? Judging the criteria for defamation at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I’d say with the right lawyer, she could have a case.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/March 10, 2016)


About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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