Claim: Photograph shows Senator John Kerry and Jane Fonda sharing a speaker’s platform at an anti-war rally.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: Unlike an earlier photograph
which captured John Kerry and Jane Fonda sitting in the audience of a 1970 anti-war rally at which both were speakers, this image of the two of them together at a speaker’s platform is fabricated.
The picture was created by merging two different photographs (both available through the
Corbis archives) taken at two completely different times and places. The picture of
over a year later while the actress was speaking at a political rally in Miami Beach, Florida, site of the Republican National Convention, in
Contemporaneous news accounts do not list Jane Fonda as one of the speakers at the 1971 Register for Peace Rally.
Ken Light, the photographer who snapped the original picture of John Kerry used in the above composite, Corbis, the rightsholder to both the original images, and the Associated Press, whose name was invoked in the caption to the spoofed image, have all announced their intentions to identify the perpetrator who created the composite with an eye towards pursuing copyright or trademark infringement claims. Photographer Ken Light also penned an editorial giving his reactions to the issue of photo fakery which was published in the Washington Post.
Last updated: 1 March 2004
Janofsky, Michael. “McCain Fights Old Foe Who Now Fights Kerry.” The New York Times. 14 February 2004 (p. A11). Light, Ken. “Fonda, Kerry and Photo Fakery.” The Washington Post. 28 February 2004 (p. A21). Marinucci, Carla. “Doctored Kerry Photo Brings Anger, Threat of Suit.” San Francisco Chronicle. 20 February 2004. Rothfield, Michael. “Less Than Picture-Perfect.” Newsday. 15 February 2004. Silver, Roy R. “L.I. Peace Rally Attracts 5,000.” The New York Times. 14 June 1971 (p. 10).
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