Entry for March 30, 2006

The above photo is from Joshua Micah Marshall’s March 29 entry entitled “Busted” in his blog, Talking Points Memo (TPM),  which points out that Howard Kaloogian’s  claimed picture of “peaceful Bagdad” on his campaign site is atually a photo taken in Turkey.
 
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Speaking of Turkey, my friend Atilla, whose father was Turkish,  has gotten a job as reporter in North Carolina and will be leaving his part-time job tutoring with Virginia Western Community College’s REACH program. 
 
Yesterday, Atilla suggested I take his place and so I called John Elliott, Jr., the coordinator who offered me an interview today. In case you’re wondering, Atilla, like many Turks,  is named in honor of the Hun, just as many Mexicans given the name Jesus.
 
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John M, Broder’s New York Times story today, “On Web, Error Is Uncovered Through Relentless Pursuit” credits bloggers’ research with uncovering the discrepancy. 
 
Kaloogian, a conservative activist and political candidate used the photo to argue that the press is exagerating the bad news concerning the war in Iraq.  Despite his claims of an innocent mistake, he has stretched the truth before.  He even has a site dedicated to him, HowardIsALiar.com, set up by a “private citizen” who claims that Kaloogian collected money to recall former Governor Gray Davis, only to pocket the proceeds.
 
Kaloogian is most famous (notorious) for his association with Move America Forward (MAF),  a supposedly “non-partisan,” not-for-profit group “n committed to supporting America’s efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”  PR Watch ran a story on MAF in2004  User McBane at DailyKos has written on MAF’s Republican ties.  Paul Kiel, who writes for TPM’s Muckraker has posted MAF’s latest IRS 990 form.
 
The Wall Street Journal  reported on one  MAF’s projects to sell the war in Iraq last December. 
The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had “extensive ties” to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those “willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions.”
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