The Conservative Political Action Committee says a screenshot that appears to show a mix-up between Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGOP senators introduce bill to prevent family separations at border Anti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Senate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA MORE (R-S.C.), two prominent black Republicans, is a fake.

Washington Post reporter Ben Terris tweeted a picture Wednesday that shows the CPAC mobile website using the photo for Scott next to a biography of Dr. Ben Carson, a likely presidential candidate in 2016.



Ross Hemminger, a spokesman for CPAC, told The Hill that the photo is “not a real thing” and that it is a “Photoshopped” image. He forwarded technical emails that claim that there’s distortion around the sides of the Scott picture that stems from the alteration, but did not specifically blame Terris.

Terris pushed back on the assertion in an email to The Hill.

"This morning I wanted to see what time Dr. Carson was speaking so I went to the CPAC site on my phone. I saw that his bio was accompanied by a photo of Tim Scott. So I took a screen shot of it and tweeted it out," he said.

"I can't claim to have any idea how or why his photo was there, but I can tell you I have literally no idea how I would even go about photoshopping that."

He also tweeted a link to a web cache that CPAC sent him to claim it couldn't have happened organically.





When The Hill attempted to use the mobile website on Wednesday morning, Carson’s photo appeared next to the biography for Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnWhat the net neutrality repeal means Dem Senate super PAC reserves million in fall TV ads Scalise throws support behind Black, Blackburn ahead of Tennessee primary MORE (R-Tenn.), though it now appears to be working normally. 

Scott, for his part, jokingly tweeted back at Terris another screenshot that showed his face next to the biography for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Senate moderates hunt for compromise on family separation bill Hollywood goes low when it takes on Trump MORE (R-Texas).



CPAC is an annual conference held by the American Conservative Union just outside of Washington D.C, that typically attracts activists from around the country.

The lineup this year includes the biggest names in conservative politics and several potential 2016 hopefuls. On top of Scott, Cruz and Carson, scheduled speakers include former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production Senate passes 6B defense bill MORE (R-Ky.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump Hillicon Valley: New FTC chief eyes shake up of tech regulation | Lawmakers target Google, Huawei partnership | Microsoft employees voice anger over ICE contract Lawmakers urge Google to drop partnership with Chinese phone maker Huawei MORE (R-Fla.), former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.).


--This post was updated at 4:00 p.m.