In an effort to sway black voters his way, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has tried to make his re-election campaign more minority-friendly by including a photo of himself standing next to a smiling African American woman on his website.
The only problem is – this heartwarming scene never actually happened. Corbett’s campaign got the black woman from a stock photo and Photoshopped her in!
Before this Photoshop scandal was exposed and went viral, the faux feel-good image was the footer of Corbett’s website and appeared on every single page. It has since been switched out for a different photo, but here’s what was originally there:
Let’s take a closer look at that:
The Corbett campaign has actually confessed that the woman was Photoshopped – and she’s not the only one! They reportedly said:
“The whole website footer graphic is a work of Photoshop. The graphic has both stock photos and actual photos in it.” [source]
Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczinski took it upon himself to track down the original image of the woman, which was sourced back to stock photo website Shutterstock.
The photo was captioned “Financial Adviser Talking to Senior Couple at Home.” The only thing that was altered about the woman was the color of her shirt.
Corbett is obviously desperate to win over the African American community – like many of his Republican peers. As word of Corbett’s fake interaction with a black voter continues to go viral, it’s likely that he’ll keep struggling in his fight to get ahead of Democratic opponent Tom Wolf.
As of right now, this is the new footer for Corbett’s website:
This is a much better reflection of where Corbett is with black voters.