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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Kaloogian story keeps getting better.

When we last left right-wing GOP congressional candidate Howard Kaloogian, he'd blamed that fake picture of Baghdad that appeared on his campaign website on one of his staffers. [In case you haven't read our earlier post, that photo showed a street in Istanbul, Turkey, not Baghdad.] And he promised that a new, accurate photo would be going up some time today.

Well, the photo's up and here it is:


No bad news here


And here's the new caption:

Downtown Baghdad
We originally posted a photograph not of Baghdad, Iraq but from Istanbul, Turkey where our delegation traveled on the way home to the United States. We apologize for this mistake. We have corrected it with a photograph we took from Baghdad. 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.

This magpie might just be another one of those defeatists who don't support our troops and give aid and comfort to the terrorists, but I'll be damned whether I can tell from that photo whether Baghdad is 'calm and stable' or whether there's wholesale murder going on in the streets. Regardless, I doubt that Kaloogian [or whichever staffer he'll say took the new photo] learned anything of importance about Iraq while standing on that hotel balcony in the Green Zone.

In the scheme of things, Kaloogian's fake photo of Baghdad probably isn't a big deal in and of itself. But what it exemplifies for me is that disdain for the truth and a disrespect for peoples' intelligence that is so common among members of the GOP's right wing [which is most of the party, these days]. Following the typical gameplan for dealing with political problems, Kaloogian initially lied about whether the photo was accurate, then blamed the photo on someone else, and finally had put up a photo that had no bearing on the point he was trying to make. And through it all, he's claimed that the people complaining are just a bunch of nitpickers.

Does that remind you of anyone else, hmmm?

| | Posted by Magpie at 4:24 PM | Get permalink




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