Claim: A DNA test proved that a retired postman fathered more than 1300 illegitimate children.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2016]
Several people in my Facebook page posted this link: "DNA Tests Prove Retired Postman Has Over 1,300 Illegimitate Children." Is this true?
Origin:On 27 February 2016, the entertainment web site World News Daily Report published a fake news article claiming that a retired postman had fathered more than 1,300 illegitimate children:
An 87-year-old former postman has been proven to have fathered over 1,300 illegitimate children after a private investigator hired by a Tennessee family discovered the shocking truth.
“Contraception wasn’t very popular in those days,” he told local reporters in his defense. “I have nothing to be ashamed of. The 60s were the good old days and I did a great Johnny Cash impression which played out real good with the ladies,” he explained. “Some even thought I was Johnny Cash for real,” he recalls laughingly. “I don’t know if they really believed it or if they were trying to convince themselves, but who was I to say no to a quickie?” he acknowledged.
There is no truth to this story. The World News Daily Report is a fake news web site that does not publish factual stories:
WNDR assumes however 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 persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
In addition to the disclaimer, the fake news story about a postman fathering 1,300 illegitimate children features two unrelated images that are lifted (like all the site's photos) from other sites. The first, purportedly showing the alleged postman, actually shows a 97-year-old World War Two veteran. The second, purportedly showing the author who uncovered the story, actually shows David Stockman, President Reagan's former budget director.
Last updated: 29 February 2016
Originally published: 29 February 2016