That Woman Isn’t From Detroit And She Didn’t Have 14 Kids From 14 Different Fathers
March 8, 2017 by Daily Detroit staff
What happens when stereotypes and catchy headlines overlap? Stories that are recycled over and over again, even if they are completely wrong.
Our inboxes, messages and personal Facebook streams were flooded today with people telling a story not just more than a year old about a woman who is about to “have” her 14th child with a 14th father Has.
It’s from a website called WorldNewsDailyReport.com. No, we don’t link to it. But here’s a wrong quote from the wrong story:
“I am very proud to have broken a world record,” Ms. Sullivan told reporters. “My mother always told me that I was lazy and worthless and that I would never achieve anything in my life. Now I’ve shown everyone that she was wrong and that I can even be the best in the world if I focus on something. In fact, I’ve just achieved something no one has done before! “
It goes on to stir up the flames with:
The Detroit native is already a recipient of pensions paid by eleven different men and is implicated in two other custody cases that are due to be heard in family court over the next two months.
This has been exposed in the past through several Places and since it seems to be topical again after the first appearance in early 2016, let’s expose it again.
Fake news takes several forms, and this one big story that won’t go away.
- The family in the photo is actually not from Detroit. You’re from Connecticut.
- The child pictured is not her fourteenth, but her first.
- Her name is not Anna Sullivan. It’s Karena Bennett.
- She wasn’t 36 then, but 21.
Unfortunately, there are new comments on the website referring to the fictional woman as a “whore” because people still haven’t understood the message.
Here is the original breaking news on what should be a happy thing – the first baby of the new year at her local hospital.
An example of how lies are more prevalent than the truth in this case is the social shares. The US World News Daily, however (not the only or most popular version of the story mind you, but it’s flying around right now), according to the CrowdTangle, has 225,522 social interactions. The Exposing Snopes? 4,783. The original Milford mirror Story? 1,576.
Like Mark Twain did not say 1919, since he was already dead as it was attributed to him: “A lie will go around the world while the truth puts on its boots.” This version of the quote is actually from CH Spurgeon in 1855, and there have been many versions of the quote before that.