Read time: 1 minute

Ad For Ron Johnson Uses Photoshopped Image To Put Obama With Iranian Leader

The Super PAC for Ron Johnson has said it will replace the faked image in the ad.

They found it on the internet so it must be true, right?


A super PAC that aired a TV ad praising U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has removed from the ad an image of President Barack Obama shaking hands with the president of Iran after news organizations reported the image was fake.

A spokesman for the committee, Restoration PAC, said Friday afternoon that it didn’t initially realize the image was fake and pulled it from the ad after it learned so. News organizations, the first of which was Buzzfeed, reported the doctored image on Thursday and Friday.

Restoration PAC is led by Doug Truax, an Illinois businessman who ran unsuccessfully in 2014 for that state’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. On Wednesday, the super PAC released an ad airing in major Wisconsin TV markets, including Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. It praised Johnson’s views on foreign policy and Iran, and included an image of Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

But there’s a problem: the handshake never happened. There was talk of the leaders meeting in person in 2013, but that meeting never materialized, as was widely reported at the time.

Restoration PAC spokesman Dan Curry said the image was widely circulated on the Internet, so the organization didn’t realize it was forged.

“There was no indication that it was a fake,” Curry said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we changed it. It’s no longer an issue if it was an issue.”

Can you help us out?

For 16 years we have been exposing Washington lies and untangling media deceit. We work 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for our labor of love, but with rising hosting and associated costs, we need your help! Could you donate $21 for 2021? Please consider a one-time or recurring donation of whatever amount you can spare, or consider subscribing for an ad-free experience. It will be greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission of exposing the real FAKE NEWS!

More C&L Coverage


New Commenting System

Our comments are now powered by Insticator. In order to comment you will need to create an Insticator account. The process is quick and simple. Please note that the ability to comment with a C&L site account is no longer available.

We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.

Please Do Not Use the Login Link at the Top of the Site.

In order to comment you must use an Insticator account. To register an account, enter your comment and click the post button. A dialog will then appear allowing you create your account.

We will be retiring our Crooks and Liars user account system in January, 2021.

Thank you.
C&L Team