[Update, 4/13: Pink News has since retracted its story, writing “An earlier version of this article referenced two inaccurate reports regarding Yaakov Litzman blaming the coronavirus pandemic on homosexuality. This has since been corrected.” While Pink News did not invent the story first, its version is the one that seems to have gained the most traction online. And since plenty of people are still sharing this piece of fake news, I’m going to leave my post below intact. At the very least, this is a reminder that if you see someone spreading misinformation – about this or anything else – say something.]
Certain corners of the internet have erupted in schadenfreude over the following piece of news:
The story has also been reported by an array of dubious news sources: PinkNews (and syndicated via MSN), nayadaur.tv (posted to Reddit, where it received nearly 20,000 upvotes), Patheos (“Progressive Secular Humanist”, and also the source of the ‘meme’ you can see above – which has been shared 30,000 times on Facebook), Out in Perth, Corona24news, and gaystarnews (where the parable was turned into a whole opinion column). Countless other tweets. The list goes on, but I’m tired of linking to every example I could find; they’re all pretty much the same.
The only problem is that none of this is news — it’s fake news.Continue reading You’re slandering the Israeli health minister for all the wrong reasons