Baghdad Photo Scandal
"On March 28th 2006, Howard Kaloogian's campaign website contained a photograph which he claims to have recently taken in downtown Baghdad. It was accompanied by the description: "We took this photo of downtown Baghdad while we were in Iraq. Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be. But, each day the news media finds any violence occurring in the country and screams and shouts about it - in part because many journalists are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism."
Upon further analysis by members of a discussion forum on Democratic Underground, it was found that this photo was actually a fake photo of Baghdad, because it was most likely taken in Istanbul, Turkey. Many inconsistencies, including the following, were found: Many signs are written in Turkish, but none in Arabic, Women are seen wearing revealing (western) clothes, Taxi cabs are similar to those seen in Istanbul, Uniquely Turkish traffic signs are present, Signs of businesses based solely in Turkey are present."
And he claims he took this photo himself in Baghdad. Are these people fucking idiots or do they think everyone else is? I'm not going to ever take anything a Republican says at face value ever again. If you are a non-lying Republican, you should really think about calling yourself something else, 'cause let's face it, "Republican" is now synonymous with "Liar". This would be a HUGE story if there were some Democrats involved. But, as we all know, it's okay if you're a Republican.
More links from Talking Points Memo, Busted!, Kaloogian's Website Bamboozlement & In For A Dime In For A Dollar. And from Editor & Publisher: Congressional Candidate Slams Press Coverage of Iraq--With Bogus Photo