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In 1994, shortly before the much-anticipated women's figure skating competition at the Olympics, New York NEWSDAY published on its cover a photo composite. The image showed ice skating rivals Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding -- at the time embroiled in controversy following an attack on Kerrigan by an associate of Harding's husband -- appearing to practice together. On the bottom of the image, the headline read, "Tonya, Nancy to meet at practice." The caption -- in smaller type -- read: "Tonya Harding, left, and Nancy Kerrigan, appear to skate together in this New York Newsday composite illustration. Tomorrow, they'll really take to the ice together."

Do you think NEWSDAY acted improperly in publishing this composite image?

Yes. The image appears to be a real photo, and it is not immediately clear that it is a photo composite.

No, the image is properly labeled as a photo composite.

I don't care. This is ice skating. But the figures involved were important world leaders, I would object to such a composite.