An eagle-eyed Twitter user caught Us Weekly in an embarrassing mix-up last night–a story about Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech shout-out to Whitney Houston was illustrated with a photo of last night’s performer Yolanda Adams. The trouble may stem to a mislabeled Getty Images photo of Adams–one photo was inadvertently labeled “Whitney Houston.” Some of Us Weekly’s photos of last night’s ceremony were obtained through Getty Images, and as it appears Houston did not attend the awards ceremony last night, this was one of the top results in a “Whitney Houston” Getty search.
A spokesperson for Us Weekly said told the Observer: “We do have a fact-checking system in place, and like all other news organizations, mistakes happen, and we try to correct them.” This is the second error in a week for Us‘s website, after their “Sarah Palin would deport Christina Aguilera” story, later corrected with an “Oopsies… our bad!”. The spokesperson indicated that Us Weekly had not made a correction–the photo on Us Weekly‘s current article depicts Houston. When reached, a spokesperson for Getty Images was unable to describe how photographs get labeled during major press events like last night’s Grammys.
Update, February 15: Getty Images issued the Observer this statement: “Getty Images actively advocates and upholds strict guidelines pertaining to the dissemination of its editorial content. As such, when Getty Images was made aware of the caption, it was immediately corrected on our website.”
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