An satirical article that’s going viral says Jenny McCarthy claimed “lemon juice cures Ebola.”
The bogus report was published on the Daily Currant, a satirical news website similar to The Onion.
“Jenny McCarthy claimed today that drinking large amounts of lemon juice cures ebola,” it reads. “In an interview on The Today Show this morning, the former Playboy model and renowned medical expert was asked her opinion of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, which has devastated West Africa and threatens the U.S. and Europe.”
The report includes fake quotes from McCarthy.
But according to a disclaimer, “The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media. It is accessible from over 190 countries worldwide – now including South Sudan.”
“Our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence – which presses forward,” it says, adding: “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world.”
There’s been a number of fake news stories regarding Ebola, including one that claims rapper Gucci Mane was diagnosed with the deadly virus while in prison, several about “Ebola zombies,” one that claims Ebola can be cured by drinking salt water, and another that says the virus is “airborne.”
“None of those cases actually constituted an Ebola victim’s genuine rise from the dead, however. The image shown above, widely circulated as that of a reanimated Ebola victim, is actually a prop mask. Also widely circulated as an image of an “Ebola zombie” is an image of a “lab zombie” taken from the movie World War Z,” says Snopes.com.