Posted on July 6, 2005

Old Collage Try Fails

David Saltonstall, New York Daily News, July 6, 2005

A picture isn’t always what it seems — especially in politics.

Democratic mayoral wanna-be Virginia Fields — whose campaign slogan is “A Mayor for All New Yorkers” — cut-and-pasted a diverse group of citizens into a campaign flyer in a bid to make it look like she has broad support.

The photo shows the Manhattan borough president standing in front of a TV microphone surrounded by a multiethnic group — black, Asian, Latino and white.

Anyone looking at the picture might be forgiven for thinking it was a real scene from the campaign trail.

But Fields’ campaign guru Joe Mercurio acknowledged yesterday that the picture was actually a “collage” created from at least four different photos — and that an Asian couple, a woman who appears to be white or Hispanic and men of different races were all pasted into the image.