Breitbart may have “news” in its name, but it's far from living up to it in the real world.
Breitbart seem to think Lukas Podolski is part of a people smuggling gang on jet-skis... pic.twitter.com/0VmHDk9hi4— EPH (@edwardparkerh) August 19, 2017
The article was about the police in Spain and how officials were able to find and shut down a gang using jet skis to smuggle migrants from Morocco for 5,000 euros. But in the article, there was a photo of former Arsenal and more recently Vissel Kobe player Lukas Podolski on a jet ski.
Podolski, who won the World Cup playing for Germany and who has now retired, is far from a migrant. The image also had nothing to do with Spain or migrants trying to reach Europe. Instead, it depicted the player during the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
The mistake was promptly addressed by the news organization, but that didn't stop online users from noticing it and promptly mocking the right-wing publication openly.
If you think I've stopped laughing about Breitbart thinking Lukas Podolski is part of a gang of immigrants on jet skis then you're so wrong.— Nadine (@lambananafc) August 21, 2017
While the athlete did not comment on the gaffe, Breitbart issued an editor's note and attached it to the piece, changing its image.
“Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr. Podolski,” it read. “There is no evidence Mr. Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked. We wish Mr. Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement.”
Still, even after issuing a correction, Breitbart did not disappoint online critics.
Lol at their correction footnote - "an illustration of a person on a jet ski" pic.twitter.com/AfTmkuHdHu— EPH (@edwardparkerh) August 20, 2017
While this latest gaffe isn't anywhere close to some of the most damning things to have come out of the publication, it's still incredibly hilarious that the news organization would make such a blatant mistake. Could it be that Podolski looked “migrant-like” to them? Perhaps.
But their glaring inaccuracy only further solidifies how ignorant this publication is.
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