Leave the reporting to the “professionals?”

Now an AP photo taken in has been pulled by the BBC.

A woman appears ‘mourning the destruction of her home’ in two photographs recorded as taken two weeks apart in different locations.
A woman has somehow made two appearances in used by the Associated Press and Reuters, allegedly wailing over the destruction of her Beirut home. US bloggers have however noticed that photographs were taken two weeks apart from each other, according to times stamps on the images, and that the photographs were taken in different locations. “Either this woman is the unluckiest multiple home owner in Beirut, or something isn’t quite right,” noted the author of the Drinking From Home blog. Check out this blog!In the first photograph , taken by Reuters, a woman is seen in front of a bombed out building in Beirut. “A Lebanese woman wails after looking at the wreckage of her apartment, in a building, that was demolished by the Israeli attacks in southern Beirut,” Reuters said in its caption. The photo was dated July 22, 2006.A second photograph of a woman who looks exactly like the woman in the first Reuters image, even bearing the same scar on her left cheek, is then supplied by the Associated Press.Second AP photo:“A Lebanese woman reacts at the destruction after she came to inspect her house in the suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon,” the Associated Press caption claimed. The date accompanying the photograph is August 5 2006, and the scenes behind the woman are different to those of the July 22 photo.After receiving “some emails” about the photos, the BBC removed the Associated Press image from its own Web site.“Those dang bloggers caught us at our game again.”

Score another one for blogs and a hit against the major media.

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