BBC Mistakenly Runs Dated Iraq Photo to Illustrate the Syrian Massacre

Check your facts, check your sources, and then check your facts a few more times for good measure; that should be the mantra of journalists and journalism organizations worldwide. Sadly, the BBC dropped the ball in that arena recently when they used a 9-year-old photo of Iraq to illustrate a story about a recent massacre in Syria.

The photo, originally taken by photographer Marco di Lauro way back in March of 2003, showed up on The BBC’s homepage last Sunday as being taken “around May 25th, 2012″ and credited to “An Activist.” Needless to say, this constitutes a big slip-up and has photographers and journalists alike balking at the fact that a massive broadcasting company would fail to check their facts and properly source their content.

(via The Telegraph)

  • mythbuster

    Mistakenly??? HAHAHA!!!
    More stupid propaganda for stupid readers, please

  • MikeAlgar42

    BBC are one of the most transparent news sources out there. At times they take a liberal view point a bit too much, but they rarely fuck up. This is a rare case. And the source ‘The Telegraph’ have made equally big errors of judgement.

    If anything this is a minor issue in comparison to the myriad of blunders Fox News causes on a daily basis. Or the Tabloids… 

  • 9inchnail

    So who killed all the people in this photo? As far as I can remember, there haven’t been any massacres in Iraq commited by Iraqi troops or dissidents. So Americans must have done this, right? But hey, all in the name of democracy. I bet those people really enjoy their new freedom.

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