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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

If you're going to tell a lie.

You should at try to cover your tracks.

A case in point: Howard Kaloogian is a right-wing Republican running in the special election to fill the remaining term of Duke Cunningham, the US representative who recently resigned his office after being convicted of tax evasion and bribery. On his website, Kaloogian has pictures of his 'fact-finding' trip to Iraq, including the photo below [located here on the Kaloogian website], which supposedly shows the perfectly calm streets of downtown Baghdad — no bombs going off, no gunplay, no fires. Obviously all those press accounts of how bad things are in Iraq are wrong, right?


Not Baghdad

Kaloogian's caption: 'We took this photo of dow[n]town 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.'

Not exactly.

Like kpete at Democratic Underground, I thought that the photo was rather suspicious right away. Over on the left, for example, there's a couple walking hand-in-hand, with the woman wearing a fairly tight and revealing top [at least by present-day Iraqi standards]. Given the activities of fundamentalist moral police in Iraq these day, it seemed rather unlikely that this couple could idly stroll along the streets of Baghdad.

But even more damning are the street signs: They're written in Roman characters, rather than in the Arabic script. that I'd expect to see. Interestingly, there's a country that borders Iraq where signs are generally written in Roman characters: Turkey. [The founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatürk, ordered Arabic script replaced with a modified Roman alphabet in 1928.]

And it turns out that the photo does indeed show Turkey. To be precise, it's a street scene in Bakirköy, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan city. A photogrpaher named Faruk has posted a set of Bakirköy photos online, and the third photo from the bottom of the page shows the same street as in Kaloogian's 'Baghdad' photo. Over at Left on the Lake, Daniel Cody has posted the Kaloogian and Faruk photos next to each other, pointing out objects that appear in both photos.

All of this leaves us wondering why the hell Kaloogian posted the fake photo in the first place. I mean, it's not like he can blame the photo on an 'overzealous campaign worker' — Kaloogian wrote the caption for the photo himself. Didn't Kaloogian expect that, given that he's running for Cunningham's seat, that left-wing bloggers would be going over his website with a fine-tooth comb? Or did Kaloogian figured that no one would care if he was caught in a lie? After all, Dubya's been getting away with that sort of behavior for years.

Inquiring magpies want to know.

There's a lively discussion of the Kaloogian photos going on in the comments to this post at Daily Kos.

More: I spoke too soon about Kaloogian not being able to blame the 'Baghdad' photo on a campaign worker. After initially defending the photo, Kaloogian is now blaming both the photo's appearance on his website and the caption on one of his staffers.

By the way, Kaloogian didn't go to Istanbul on his trip, either.

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