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 ScottBooker: End of police reform negotiations a 'frustrating experience' Sunday shows - All eyes on spending votes Tim Scott says police reform talks collapsed with Dems over funding 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.
Because people are asking: I took the screenshot of Carson/Scott myself. Not claiming to know how it appeared that way this AM, but it did— Ben Terris (@bterris) February 25, 2015
When The Hill attempted to use the mobile website on Wednesday morning, Carson’s photo appeared next to the biography for Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnBig Tech should pay for damaging mental health Facebook to testify in Senate after report finds Instagram harms mental health House Oversight Democrat presses Facebook for 'failure' to protect users 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 CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' 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 PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (R-Fla.), former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.).
--This post was updated at 4:00 p.m.