Editorial: Poloncarz Campaign’s Digital Lie

Oct. 9, 2019

Here’s the bottom line and, in a just world, it will color how voters view Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz when they go to the polls next month: His campaign’s attack ad was a lie.

Not just a lie, but a dangerous lie. A 21st century lie. A lie in which a candidate for public office manipulates reality to convince voters that the lie is, in fact, the truth. It’s reprehensible and it’s just a taste of what is to come.

The campaign pulled an image of his opponent, Lynne M. Dixon, in which she appeared with a Vietnam veteran, Russell Ward, a recipient of the Purple Heart. It then merged her image with one of former Rep. Chris Collins to make it look as though they were appearing together and smiling.
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