|Some people pictured are not really there.|
This would be a perfect opportunity for a high-minded and strongly-worded editorial of reproach, but I'll skip the fancy indignation and sum it all up in one word: "No."
Good or neutral intentions aside, digitally altering photos of this nature and in this manner is a false record. It is a lie. Any attempt by government to jigger the historical record should be vigorously denounced. If Pelosi wrote that Senatrice X was present for an event and she wasn't, that would be false, either a lie or an error.
Why should the standard be different for photography?
I've long wondered about the increasing irrelevance of photography and video as evidence in a court of law, given the increasing quality of Photoshop and the skills of its users. Maybe as evidence images will inevitably go the way of the dodo, but I'm not sure allowing the government to accelerate that evolution is such a good idea.
Actually, I'm quite sure. Fail. Remove. Do not repeat.
There are certainly more outrageous and offensive things going on in Washington, but this paranoia-ratcheting mechanism seems relatively easy to fix.
BTW, know what a ratchet is? A little bit bigger than a mouse shit.