On Friday, Breitbart published an article about human trafficking in the Mediterranean.
To illustrate it they bizarrely used a photo of German international footballer Podolski from 2014, taken off the coast of Brazil.
Podolski has no connection to human trafficking whatsoever.
The article claimed that:
Spanish police on Thursday said they had shut down a gang charging migrants 5,000 euros each to bring them across from Morocco via the Strait of Gibraltar on jet-skis.
That photo is not of a generic water ski rider.
It shows Lukas Podolski on the back of the jet ski.
Podolski is a half German, half Polish centre forward, who has played for Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and the German national team.
Here is the same photo, still available via Getty Images.
The original photo is from 10 June 2014, taken in Santo Andre, Brazil. It features Podolski taking a jet ski ride with Mike Horn.
Horn, a professional explorer and adventurer, joined the team at Campo Bahia for some pre-World Cup relaxation.
Nearly 7,000 kilometres from the Strait of Gibraltar, the location which concerns Breitbart.
It was part of a team sailing trip, ahead of the FIFA 2014 world cup – which the German team went on to win.
According to an article published at the time the photo was taken by Mail Online, Podolski and Miroslav Klose were taken out on jet skis while other members of the team sailed and enjoyed the beach.
One of those to spot the incongruous choice of image, was the Twitter account @InnerPartisan.
Comedian Dara Ó Briain also joined in to mock Breitbart’s blunder.
Some readers commented on the story, and similarly noted the photo choice that was only related to the Breitbart London news story in that it showed two men on a jet ski.
The Breitbart Network, is an anti-globalist platform run by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
It has been criticised by anti-racism groups such as Hope Not Hate for peddling ‘fake news’ and making unsubstantiated claims.