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Eater LA Loses Another Besha Rodell Round

Within the insular confines of SoCal food journalism, a big deal this past week or so has involved the efforts of website Eater LA to expose the identity of incoming LA Weekly food critic Besha Rodell.

The first post by Eater LA editor Kat Odell was on-target, to an extent, as it featured a blown up photo of Rodell moderating a panel discussion at the recent Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. But the picture is no longer there, quickly taken down after its photographer cried copyright.

And so, Odell came back this week with a second reader-provided snap. One that Rodell is actually perfectly OK with:

Thus far, the photographer of this photo has not demanded it be removed. Probably because the photographer may have a vested interest in people thinking that photo looks exactly like me. You’d think Eater, with all its smarty-pants Internet savvy, would know the difference between a credit and a caption. But whatever. Chefs of LA – I look just like that! I haven’t aged a day!

Ha ha. That’s right, folks; Eater LA is trumpeting a photo that was taken by Rodell. In lieu of an egg-on-face correction* from Odell, which is still absent at press time, we urge you to check out the following video stunt made by Rodell when she was with Creative Loafing:

*Update – 05/24/12: Odell has finally updated her colossally wayward May 21 item.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
LA Times Food Critic Decries Vietnam Ambush
Jonathan Gold Weighs In on Red Medicine’s Outing of a Food Critic
Red Medicine Chef Revisits LA Times Restaurant Critic Flap

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