The Coronavirus Collection: Entertainment & Media

Snopes tracks rumors, memes, and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic's coverage in the media and impact on the entertainment industry.

12 Articles
  • Published 18 March 2020
12 Articles

How has the media covered the COVID-19 pandemic? Which celebrities have been diagnosed with COVID-19? What’s the truth about rumors concerning the pandemic’s impact on the media and entertainment industries? Read the Snopes fact checks here.

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Did CBS News Use Footage from Italy for New York COVID-19 Report?

The news outlet acknowledged the error, but that wasn't the end of the story.

True
Does ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Have Coronavirus?

The Netflix documentary subject was put in isolation after he supposedly came in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Mostly False
Was Eminem Diagnosed with Coronavirus?

Will the real author of this viral joke please stand up?

False
Does Daniel Radcliffe Have Coronavirus?

An imposter Twitter account spread misinformation amid a 2020 outbreak of the new coronavirus.

False
Was Tom Hanks Given a Wilson Volleyball in Coronavirus Quarantine?

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson truly did announce they had tested positive for the new coronavirus in March 2020.

False
Did ‘The Simpsons’ Predict the Coronavirus Outbreak?

It might be time to raise our standards for "predictions."

False
Did the TV Show ‘My Secret Terrius’ Predict Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus, but not all coronaviruses cause COVID-19.

False
Did Country Singer Joe Diffie Die from Lung Cancer?

The country music star passed away on March 29, 2020.

False
Did COVID-19 Kill Chuck Norris?

Norris, now 80, has been a frequent subject of hoaxes over the years.

False
Did Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Tell China to Stop Using Chopsticks?

Some activists have noted the adverse impact disposable chopsticks have on the environment.

False
Did Piers Morgan End His Friendship with Trump in an Open Letter?

The fallout apparently began when U.S. President Donald Trump unfollowed Morgan on Twitter.

Correct Attribution
Did CBS News Use a 2016 Ukraine Photo in COVID-19 Coverage?

Unverified, random tweets are not regarded as reliable sources by real journalists.

False