The news of the death of Osama bin Laden sent newspaper websites into a frenzy: who could publish a pic of his dead body first?
So we had this from the Mail:
And this from the Sun:
And this from the Mirror:
And this from the Telegraph (image from Terence Eden @edent):
According to the Guardian's Jonathan Haynes, the Times also used the same picture, and Sky News broadcast it too.
But in their rush to publish, none of these organisations seems to have checked the authenticity of the picture.
Alas, it seems this image has been doing the rounds since at least 2009.
And, more importantly, it's a photoshop job (warning: link to real graphic image) - a fake.
At time of writing, each newspaper website has now removed the image.
But why rush to publish without checking it out properly first? Doesn't this event contain enough that is newsworthy already?