Scott Brown On Bin Laden Photo Gaffe: ‘I Wasn’t The Only One’

SHARON (CBS/AP) – U.S. Sen. Scott Brown refuses to say how he was duped into believing he had seen photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports

During several interviews Wednesday, he suggested he saw the photos during an official briefing in Washington.

“I have seen the pictures, I’ve received the briefings, I’ve spoken to the operational leaders, and I can tell you for a fact that he is dead,” Brown originally told WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Wednesday.

Later that day, President Barack Obama decided not to release the photos. Then Brown released a statement saying the picture he was shown was fake.

During an event Friday morning in Sharon, reporters pressed Brown about who showed him the photo and what made him believe it was authentic.

“The pictures were widely disseminated when we found out they were fake. I corrected the record just like everybody else,” he told WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson.

“We’ve all moved on. We have a huge host of other things to deal with.”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

On Thursday Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh said Brown needed to tell voters who showed him the fake photo.

“It’s typical politics. I’m kind of used to it,” Brown said Friday, accusing Democrats of trying to “gin things up.”

“I get it, but people know better.”

“Immediately when we found out we corrected the record,” Brown explained.

“When we spoke to you (Wednesday afternoon) we gave you corrected information, very shortly thereafter. We called you, remember.”

“(The) bottom line is the president and his team did a great job. That’s the story.  And I wasn’t the only one to get the pictures.”

In addition to Brown and Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, the ranking Republican on the Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, has also admitted he was taken in by the phony pictures.

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  • Ellen

    Well one thing is for sure , not many politicians out there would ever admit that they were taken in, and face up to their mistakes. I do admire Scott Brown for that and have no issue with him at all. I could never believe that Ted Kennedy would do the same,.

  • Adrien Washington

    Jon Keller, carrying Republicon water as usual, says the moral of the story is “confirm and verify before you speak”, but that’s because Keller wants to downplay the fact that the ONLY Senators who were fooled, Ayotte and Brown and Chambliss, have an R after their names. Scott Brown compounded his ignorance by claiming “the pictures were widely disseminated” when in fact the only pictures that were widely disseminated were the fakes. Meanwhile, Democrats and progressives and other people with sense were aware that no photos had been released, because they read and hear and watch news sources that are based in reality, while Repubs get their information from propaganda sources like Fakes News and hate radio. You can bet that if the situation were reversed, and three Democratic Senators were the only ones fooled, then the partisan angle would have been hammered by Jon Keller and everyone else of his political persuasion.

  • Susan

    As I recall Scott Brown is/was a JAG lawyer and arent’t they supposed to know a thing or two about the quality of evidence?

    Why let the facts get in the way of a chance to be on TELEVISION, again and again and again………

    Scott BRown was for the photo of bin Laden before he was against it. Sound familiar?

  • Peter washington

    Open mouth A,
    Insert foot B

  • Jackmack

    what a fraud!!!

  • Fred

    What about the “briefings” he received ??????

  • graywolf

    Oh for heavens sake do you really think Brown was trying to report something false or simply made a mistake. I didn’t vote for him. I’m not a big fan of his. But he’s a human being and we all make mistakes. He made this one supporting the president who is a democrat and the seal team – just as all of the other republicans who spoke out – and stated Bin Laden was dead. And people say the republicans are the only ones to jump on the “throwing stones” bandwagon. Move on and focus on what really matters seems like excellent advice to me.

  • msw

    I LOVE Scott. His continued buffoonery is very entertaining.

    It’s not too concerning that he was taken in by fake photos. After all, that can happen to anyone that doesn’t take the time to authenticate them while they’re running at top speed to get in front of a camera. But it is of concern when he lied about seeing them at an official briefing in Washington.

    Not to worry, once he lies his way out of office he can always strip down and model for the cover of AARP – heehee

  • Jim Saunders

    The people of MA should be ashamed of themselves for electing this fool.

    • Doggy

      Why we voted for Scott Brown…? Because our other choice was Martha “Curt Shilling is a Yankee” Coakley… talk about arrogant and elitist and just plain OUT OF TOUCH! and don’t think that is the only example.. but that is the one we all remember!

      • Garreth

        and don’t forget about the fact that al quaida is no longer a threat in Afghanistan!

  • Cathy

    I did not vote for Scott Brown, and I will not vote for him when he runs again, but it is because of his position on issues, not bevause of this nonsense. So what if he was duped. Is it really that big a deal?

  • DStein

    What’s this, the Dems trying to take focus off Sal DiMasi’s corruption trial?

    You can count on the pathetic Democrats to sink to lowest as they resort to lies and innuendo in a desperate attempt to get this Senate seat back.

  • CEO

    For 40 years the Democrats gave us Teddy Kennedy, a lying, drunken, womanizer responsible for the death of a young woman. Now that we have a kind, decent, honest man in Teddy’s place they’re trying to tear him down. Pretty despicable, but not at all surprising.

    • towniesman

      man are you gullible

  • BostonIrish

    Yeah, he was duped. And yeah, it seems to have happened to only republicans. And yeah, the press is overloading on reporting it. No partisan behavior there!

  • Joe

    You know…it’s funny. The little cry baby democrats are trying to make a big deal out of this. Why on earth would Brown have had any reason to believe they were fake?! And when he did find out, he admitted he was wrong!

    The same dems complaining about this are the same, impoverished bunch that hate anyone who is successful…anyone who made something out of themselves instead of looking for a handout like they’ve done for their entire life. Democrats are the lowest of the low. They are the dregs of society who think that just because someone has money, they must be evil. They are the self righteous cancer in this country that is slowly eating away at the American dream.

    Ignorant trash

  • HE"S FIRED !

    What did we elect him for – I can get my news off the internet to… I expect more from my Senator than this ! How can we trust him again ??????????

  • tina

    Much ado about nothing, I give him credit for telling the truth, not like the dems who try to hide the truth, pass the buck and blame Bush for everything still. Was it a dirty trick played by them? Probably. Is he too trusting still? Since he is honest and would not try to fool or trick someone, yes. Maybe it will take him a little longer in DC to ferret out the rats.

  • jaygee

    First of all, Scott was not “duped”. He said he was at a briefing where the pictures were shown. WRONG!!!!!!!! He may have been at a briefing but the only picture of a dead Bin Laden was passed around by other gullible & naive “senators” who probably also believe that we are winning in Afghanistan.

  • Diogenese

    Karen, We love you and you are a great reporter – but including that “he’s in over his head” comment from the biased nitwit on your edited TV segment does a disservice to the name of objective reporting unless you can honestly say you would have included such random perjorative street comments on a report on a Kennedy or a Kerry issue. Leave the bias and bile to the League of Women Voters!

  • Ed Hall

    Gullibility is not an admirable trait in a U.S. Senator.

    • DStein

      Nor is gullibility and admirable trait in a President. Remember these Obama jewels?

      “I’m going to cut the federal debt in half.” Instead, Obama tripled it.

      “Unemployment won’t go over 8%.” It spiked to over 10% shortly after and still remains at 9%.

      “I’m going to close GITMO within the year” Too bad that statement was made 2-1/2 years ago. I wonder which bunch of clowns advising him duped Obama into making that statement and watched him sign an executive order that he has yet to fulfill?

      “Over the last 15 months I’ve visited 57 states, one left to go.” Forget being duped. How about being plain stupid.

  • towniesman

    1st thing outta his mouth is other people got fooled to what a stand up guy quick to point the finger did the other guys claim they were in these high level mtgs that never happened …you are an idiot an a liar mr brown which makes you a typical Mass politician…next time get your fibs in order…hows the book selling ha ha ha ha

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