So, I get up this morning and start going through my morning reading: Google News, Slashdot, Fox News, Al-Jazeera, BoingBoing… an article on BoingBoing caught my eye.
Some fellow named Kaloogian is running for Congress. He’s not anywhere near my district, so normally I could care less. But he just got back from a 10-day trip to Iraq and he wanted to set the record straight about how the war is really going by describing his visits with the troops and posting this picture he took in downtown Baghdad:
The problem is that it’s not Baghdad. It’s Istanbul (no, not Constantinople).
So Kaloogian immediately apologized for the mistake and replaced that picture with this one, which he says on his website “we took from Baghdad”:
Okay, I can buy that it might be Baghdad, but I strongly doubt he took this picture during his trip there.
There’s a handy program called “strings” that will strip out any text information from a file and dump it for you to examine. Here’s what strings found in the header of that second photograph when I downloaded it:
Minolta Co., Ltd.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 Windows
Those last two timestamps make it look like either Mr. Kaloogian has his computer’s clock off by about eight months, or the picture was taken in (or before) July of 2005. Oh, and the strings don’t match the headers of any of the other pictures taken on his trip.