FAKE NEWS: Breitbart Depicts German Soccer Star As Part Of “Crack Gang Moving Migrants On Jet Skis”

The Independent reports:

Far-right website Breitbart have been forced to apologise after mistaking Lukas Podolski for a migrant travelling from Morocco to Spain. The article entitled “Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis” originally appeared on Sunday with a picture of the recently-retired German star on a jet-ski before it was swiftly changed.

It is understood the picture, rather than being taken off the Spanish coast, was instead from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when the German national team were enjoying a day off. The wrongly used picture was shared widely before the website stepped in and amended the article.

Here’s the apology:

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski. This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet ski. Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr. Podolski. 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.

  • Hanwi

    I believe that’s what the kids call a fail.

  • another_steve

    Sue. The. Fuck. Out. Of. Them.

    • Dazzer

      As it’s Breitbart London that appears to have made the mistake, the libel laws in the UK are such that if Podolski decided to sue, he might make enough in damages to put Breitbart’s British operation out of business.

      I’m not usually a fan of British libel laws, but in this case I’d make an exception.

      • another_steve

        One would think that appearing in Breitbart in a false story about you would (to put it lightly) damage your reputation and future marketability.

        Defund the Right.

        Most people reading here probably already know this trick: When a rightwing hate organization (for example, the Republican National Committee) sends you a money beg in the mail and includes a business postage-paid return envelope, send them back a note thanking them (anonymously) and stuff the envelope with your last three weeks of cereal boxes and the like, cut up into neat strips.

        You wouldn’t believe, girlfriends, how heavy an envelope can get that way.

        Make ’em pay. πŸ˜‰

        • zhera
          • Gigi

            My FAV line in my FAV movie!!!

        • CB

          When I worked for a bank, someone attached one of those business reply cards to a cinderblock. That kind of stuff happens more than you might think.

          • another_steve

            My husband and I have discussed this in the past. We assume the US Postal Service has “tolerances” when it comes to this sort of thing.

            I mean, I could attach a 50-pound dumbbell (wrapped up nicely) to the business envelope – but I assume that that would set off alarms in the post office.

        • teeveedub

          Flattened tin cans work well in those envelopes, too.

    • CraigNJ

      That’s what the current First Lady did. Sue the bastards out of business!

    • ospalh

      Poldi wasn’t amused an has already lawyered up. So it may happen.


  • TrueWords
  • Do Something Nice
  • That_Looks_Delicious

    If Lukas Podolski needs a place to stay, I’ve got a queen-sized bed. Just saying.

    My favorite Podolski pic. (Almost NSFW, but just barely under the line)


    • Rebecca Gardner

      Oh sweetie, everything in your house is queen-sized!

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Good one.

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    • TrueWords
    • Ninja0980

      We can see enough to want more.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Ah! Real Football, where there is a significant non-zero chance that you’ll see a floppy, brown, uncircumcised penis!

    • Adam King

      So that’s what’s interesting about soccer.

      • Eddie Besketti

        you know what they call soccer here in Europe? Football. You know, cuz, like, the ball and the foot meet each other about 3 times per second for an hour and a half. It was the Americans who came up with the word soccer so that they could call their game Football. You know, cuz, like the ball and the foot meet about once or twice during most games. But yes, once you start watching, you’ll find it to be very exciting.

        • Adam King

          Thank you, but I think I’d prefer to stab out my eyes with knitting needles.

    • Charlie In SF

      no cup?

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        No, soccer players only ever seem to wear speedo-looking underwear. They have to run a lot; a cup would probably chafe.

      • David Walker

        Well, there’s the World Cup.

  • JWC

    Remember folks This is how it all started. Major news outlets never Fact checking items. Chasing headlines for the next big “Breaking News” all in an effort to beat the other guys Remember

    • Adam Schmidt

      Journalism is hard. Propaganda is easy.

      • JWC

        Apparently That what got Trump in. A madcap fanfare of fabblegabble bullshit

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    He may migrate me all he wants.

  • TrueWords

    Replace “far right website” with “Neo Nazi, white supremacist, racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic hate website” and you might be a little more accurate.

    • Friday

      Same thing, obviously.

  • Blake J Butler

    You are Columbus and I am America, discover me Lucas, JUST DISCOVER ME!!!!

    • Todd20036

      This thread is full of shallow, cheap sluts


      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Hey, it takes real skill to be this cheap– to say nothing of being a slut.

      • Sam_Handwich

        toss salad not hair

        • Bad Tom

          Some of us have less hair than others that can be tossed, as it were.

      • JWC

        Shallow cheap sluts Oh My There are such??

        • Adam King

          I prefer the deep, expensive kind.

          • JWC

            heheh but still a slut

      • Adam King

        Put down the hand mirror, Toddie.

  • Uncle Mark

    How cute. Is this like Dunkirk with jet skis, instead of yachts and fishing boats. Looks Ike this “article,” like Dunkirk, is another Nazi failure.

  • Ninja0980

    Translation, we’re sorry we got caught being stupid, please don’t sue us.

  • boatboy_srq

    Why apologize? Their readership will never dig through and find the “editor’s note”. And the image works: nothing scarier than Brown People Doing Anything.

    • Adam King

      Brown enough.

    • kareemachan

      I admit I went over there to laugh at them.

  • Acronym Jim

    I see Bannon’s first few days back on the job is going swimmingly.

    • Adam King

      He’s only swimming because he fell off a jet ski.

  • Bluto

    I read the “apology” as the story is totally true, they just made a whoopsie w/ the photo.

  • Ninja0980

    RIP Jerry Lewis.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Breitbart: The Fakes News and The Apology After site.

  • Friday

    Well, that didn’t take long. πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Not a good weekend for my childhood.


    • TampaDink

      Jerry & Dick Gregory….has there been a third. Seems like icons always go in threes.

    • Adam King

      A good life.

      • Reality.Bites

        Not for anyone who knew him.

  • billbear1961

    O/T . . .

    Canada/Montreal Pride salutes the tireless defenders of the American Republic on Joe.My.God in your fierce struggle against the fascist tyrant usurper!

    You are NOT alone: the whole world is pulling for you!!

    Resurgat Res Publica!

    Vivat JUSTITIA!!




    • David Walker

      Thank you, Mr. Bear. I do love that picture of Lady Justice and the rainbow.

    • BudClark

      May whate’er gods there may be bless you, BillBear, AND the Canadians!

      • hudson11

        thank- you, buddy

  • DaveMiller135

    I think journalism is changing as it charges into the electronics age, but “getting it right” is likely to remain a core value.

    • Adam King

      Oddly enough, Breitbart specializes in never getting anything right ever.

  • zhera

    Whaaaaa??? You mean a dark skinned person can be on a jet-ski without it being illegal, criminal, and immoral? Well I never!


  • geoffalnutt

    That’s just silly! Everyone knows you can’t smoke crack on a jet-ski! Once it gets wet it’s “game over”.

    • Bad Tom

      On the plus side, if the crack catches fire, you are surrounded by water.

  • Acronym Jim

    Speaking of having fun while on vacation, I met up with Tuuxkabin and 2GuysNamedJoe yesterday on their way through town to see the eclipse. They are just as delightful and personable in person as they are here in the comment section.

    I also learned that I had been pronouncing Tuuxkabin’s name completely wrong. It’s a Mayan word pronounced “Tooshkabeen” (although I probably just mangled the phonetic pronunciation as well). Interestingly, 2guys is actually pronounced “TooGweesNahmedYoah.”

    Okay, I made that last part up. It was great meeting them and if any of you have the chance to do so in the future, I highly recommend it.

    • Adam King

      And all this time I was picturing him sporting a dashing tuxedo while lounging on the porch of a picturesque cabin.

      • David Walker

        Funny. That’s how I imagine Ernest Endeavor.

    • Bad Tom

      Very cool!

    • SoCalGal20


    • barrixines

      I would have expected nothing less but lovely to hear it anyway.

    • Strepsi

      Aw that’s a nice time story! Also a story about how the virtual blogosphere can make new real-life friends. Cheers! 🍻

      How did the threesome go?

      • Acronym Jim


        • Ragnar Lothbrok


          • Acronym Jim

            Camera got wet.

    • JCF

      Heh, all this time I’ve been picturing a guy in cabin, wearing a tuxedo!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      How cool!

    • hudson11

      I’m so lucky to have struck up a correspondence with TuuxKabin over the last few months. An incredible and inspiring pair he and 2guys. Hubby and I are hoping to meet them next spring when we’ll be in the same city.

  • OdieDenCO

    bannon: bringing bretbart to new lows in deception in record time.

  • Bad Tom

    That’s a sure-fire boost to their credibility.

    • -M-

      Credulity needs no credibility.

  • Piet

    That screen cap is interesting. It seems to be saying the smugglers are getting their human cargo from Morocco to Spain in around ten minutes. If that’s indeed what they are claiming in the article it’s even farther beyond ridiculous than the photo. That’s a fifty-mile channel there, with powerful tidal action.

    • MBear

      Tidal action? LOL

      Sounds sciency

  • bkmn

    You can’t make this stuff up…wait a minute.

  • Joseph Miceli

    “I don’t see why everyone is so upset. The story is about brown people, I ran a picture of a brown person. Where’s the problem? Pour me another scotch and stop hogging the crack pipe!”
    ………Steve Bannon.

  • Thorn Spike

    A fine start, Mr. Bannon.

  • ColdCountry

    Their incompetence knows no bounds.

    • -M-

      It said what they meant to say.
      They were just lying. And they know they don’t have to lie well because their target audience want to believe the lies.

  • Michael R
  • Clive Johnson
    • Stogiebear

      And to think, I went out this week and BOUGHT 30-grit sandpaper.

      • KarenAtFOH

        He’s a keeper!

  • Dunkerblinker

    Breibart wrote the book on fake news

  • David

    Breitbart is a violent extremist Christian terrorist group that preaches nazi propaganda. Full Stop.

  • Mickey Bitsko

    In other words, they flipped?


    (What’s Portuguese for I’ll see myself out?)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • sword

    Breitbart is free use the photo of my brother-in-law driving a jet ski from one side of our lake to the other. Equally valid for this ‘fake news’ website.

  • -M-

    Nope, no racist implications there. /s

  • EdA

    Homocon Peter Thiel got Gawker put out of business for invasion of Hulk Hogan’s privacy. Accusing a well-known soccer player of human trafficking ought to be worth some millions of dollars. Especially since the accusation was widely circulated.

    One would think.

  • MBear

    Why is a German footballer migrating?

  • andrew

    Breitbart = 21st century Nazis.