A fake news report announced earlier this week claims that Magic Johnson has donated blood as part of National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness month.
This false story stems from News Buzz Daily. According to the article, Magic Johnson, who was diagnosed as HIV + in the early 90s, has donated blood as part of a blood drive for this month’s National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness campaign. Much of the commentary is filler with some information about leukemia, lymphoma, and how Johnson’s HIV+ is characterized as dormant yet is still present.
News Buzz Daily
News Buzz Daily is one of many recent websites which distribute pseudo-news in the name of satirical entertainment. However, sometimes these stories will lack elements that identify them as satire, and their humorless nature leaves some readers confused on whether the news is real or make-believe. Now and then, one of these artificial news items will go viral as readers share them via social media.
At the bottom of each News Buzz Daily page there is a disclaimer that makes known the nature of the site’s writings. The disclaimer discloses that News Buzz Daily “…is a combination of real shocking news and satire news. Please note that articles written on this site are for entertainment and satirical purposes only”.
The News Buzz Daily article includes a misleading picture of Johnson. According to debunking website Waffles at Noon, the picture is actually a still from a 2012 documentary called “Endgame: AIDS in Black America”. Apparently Johnson is not donating blood in the picture, but having it drawn as part of some kind of HIV/AIDS test and/or treatment.
Magic Johnson did not donate blood to leukemia and lymphoma patients. The site claiming this, News Buzz Daily, writes simulated stories that are intended to be satirical entertainment.