Friday, July 13, 2012

Hospital edits Senate Candidate's photo out of picture

A recent Oswego Health newsletter is coming under fire for photoshopping a political candidate out of an event photo.

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder was one of more than a dozen people who posed for a photo during the April ribbon cutting to mark the re-opening of the Fulton Medical Center.

In the original photo, Tresidder can be seen standing behind a spokesperson for State Senator Patty Ritchie's office.

But in the edited version that was sent out in Oswego Health's newsletter, Tresidder has been photoshopped out. This was first reported by the Watertown Daily Times and they also provided this photo.

Amy Tresidder is running against Ritchie in this year's election.

Oswego Health claims they took Tresidder out of the photo because they couldn't identify her for the caption beneath, but a spokesperson for Oswego Health does admit that the company's CEO, Ann Gilpin, made a $175 donation to Senator Ritchie in 2011.

Oswego Health did issue a statement that reads, "Oswego Health President and CEO Ann C. Gilpin has already apologized to Amy Tresidder by both a phone call and letter for the removal of her image from the recent health system newsletter, Inside Healthcare. Oswego Health is taking internal action to modify its policy and procedures to ensure this does not occur again." Story Link

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Story from the Watertown Daily News

Amy Tresidder, a Democratic Oswego County legislator who is looking to make the leap to the state Senate against incumbent Republican Patricia A. Ritchie, needs all the exposure she can get.

But Mrs. Tresidder didn’t get any help from the Oswego Health newsletter, which digitally edited her out of a ribbon-cutting photograph that was taken in April.

Representatives for Mrs. Ritchie — whom Mrs. Tresidder will face Nov. 6 — remained in the photograph. But the hospital insists that it did not Photoshop Mrs. Tresidder out of the photograph out of political favoritism, but rather because it couldn’t identify her in the caption.

“We have apologized to Amy by both phone and by letter,” said Marion Ciciarelli, the hospital’s public relations manager.

The hospital’s president and CEO, Ann C. Gilpin, donated $175 to Mrs. Ritchie in 2011. But no political malice was intended, Ms. Ciciarelli said.

“She was very sincere in her apology,” Mrs. Tresidder said. “I have to take her at her word. We all know how it looks. It looks bad.”

However, he said of the hospital’s explanation that it couldn’t recognize her: “I find it odd. The hospital is in my district. I’m not really a stranger to the Chamber” of Commerce, which helped organize the photo opportunity.

Mrs. Tresidder originally appeared over the left shoulder of Sarah V. Compo, Mrs. Ritchie’s spokeswoman. In the photograph that ran in the newsletter, Mrs. Tresidder is rather sloppily edited out. Her disembodied legs still remain in the photograph, specks of white appear on Ms. Compo’s shoulder and Mrs. Tresidder is replaced with a wall that is an unnatural brown color.

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