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Fake News: 63-year-old Daycare Owner Did NOT Breastfeed Toddlers in Public While Smoking Crystal Meth

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 30 Jan 2019 20:54:35 Z)

Did 63-year-old daycare owner Ivanka Kuklinski from Columbus, Ohio breastfeed toddlers in public while smoking crystal meth? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian entertainment website that makes a living by publishing fictional stories often involving weird crimes, bizarre sex acts or strange accidents. It is not real.

The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on January 30, 2019 titled "63-year-old daycare owner breastfed toddlers in public while smoking crystal meth" (archived here) which opened:

A Columbus woman who operated an unlicensed daycare is facing one hundred and twenty-seven charges of child endangerment after neighbors and concerned parents alerted authorities.

According to eye-witness testimony, Ivanka Kuklinski, 63, breastfed children under her care in public places while drinking alcohol and smoking what is believed to be crack cocaine and crystal meth.

Columbus police also uncovered hundreds of used syringes suspected of being used for heroin, as well as dozens of used condoms in a home that was also used to run an illegal brothel, police said.

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Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail so they wouldn't have known the site publishing the story was not a real news source:

63-year-old daycare owner breastfed toddlers in public while smoking crystal meth

A Columbus woman who operated an unlicensed daycare is facing one hundred and twenty-seven charges of child endangerment after neighbors and concerned parents alerted authorities. According to eye-witness testimony, Ivanka Kuklinski, 63, breastfed children under her care in public places while drin

The image used to illustrate the article actually shows a Florida woman who was arrested for exposing herself in 2018:

Woman bares more than soul on U.S. 1 in Stuart

STUART - A woman accused of baring her breasts and sticking her tongue out along a major roadway got locked up, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office report. Johanne Linda Eden (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MARTIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE) A deputy reported encountering a woman later identified as Johanne Linda Eden, 63, on March 19 after going to a suspicious person report in the 5200 block of Southeast Federal Highway.

The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:

World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.

Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes worldnewsdailyreport.com as:

A website that publishes hoaxes and made-up stories that are often widely shared and mistaken for news.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

We wrote about worldnewsdailyreport.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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