We suspect it’s been a slow news week for certain media outlets around the world. It seems that a dog running loose in a court building turned into this as reported by many international media outlets, including Canadian newspapers like the Montreal Gazette (online only) and the Edmonton Journal‘s print edition:
"A Jerusalem rabbinical court recently sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning. The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the hound was the reincarnation of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago.
This obviously false story remained online on the Gazette’s website until we alerted senior editors that this report was ficticious. See the Gazette’s online corrected story entitled "Jewish court denies dog stoned to death." As to the Journal, we await their reply with baited breath.
As an aside, we’re just glad the dog wasn’t a reincarnation of that shark that, according to Egyptian officials and dutifully reported by media outlets, was allegedly planted by the Mossad in the Sinai a while back to ruin Egyptian tourism.
We’d hate to have to get a retraction for that.