Kaloogian Blames Iraq Photo Error on Staffer

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Howard Kaloogian, a leading GOP candidate for Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s seat in Congress, posted a photo on his Web site of a quiet Turkish suburb. No problem there — but his site said it was of Baghdad, taken during his trip there. He called it proof that Iraq was calmer than the media was reporting.

Josh tells the story at TPM of how the blogosphere rounded up a posse and proved the pic was a fake — or rather, the pic was real, but the caption was hooey.

We reached Kaloogian by phone moments ago. Here’s what he had to say:

[O]n the way back from Baghdad some of the crew stopped in Istanbul as a layover. We turned all the photographs [from the trip] over to the webmaster, and it appears he took one from the stopover and not from Baghdad. If a mistake happened, we’ll correct it.

Kaloogian noted that he brought back “hundreds and hundreds” of photographs from the trip. He declined to identify his webmaster’s name, saying only that he was “a member of my staff.”

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