The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports:
A new ad from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign uses a manipulated version of a news photo taken in Coralville by a Gazette photographer to falsely say it shows presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hiding in his Delaware basement.
The image, which was used without The Gazette’s permission, was taken by Photo Editor Liz Martin in December 2019 when Biden was visiting the home of Coralville Mayor John Lundell. About three dozen supporters and journalists were at the event, Martin said, and Biden sat on the floor to give someone else his seat.
The Gazette’s policy forbids the use of Gazette news photos for any political advertising. Neither Martin nor Diana Pesek, who handles the newspaper’s licensing requests, gave the campaign permission to republish the image.
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Deep in the heart of Delaware, Joe Biden sits in his basement.
Alone. Hiding. Diminished. pic.twitter.com/0QVsbp2iis
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) August 5, 2020
I was literally in the room of my Iowa town mayor’s Holiday Bowl watch party when this photo was taken. Biden was neither hiding nor alone nor in “the heart of Delaware” when this photo was taken… pic.twitter.com/iQSWoPhLYX
— Zach Wahls (@ZachWahls) August 5, 2020
Trump campaign uses unauthorized and altered Gazette photo to criticize Biden https://t.co/GUQq1DO1Mb
— The Gazette (@gazettedotcom) August 5, 2020