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FAKE-NEWS - 'Eminem Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab'


Outline

Story circulating via social media claims that rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab to deal with a heroin addiction.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the story are false. Although the entertainer has struggled with addiction issues in the past, there are no credible reports that support the claim that he has been admitted to rehab or that he is quitting music as a result. The story comes via the fake-news 'satire' website Huzlers.com. Nothing published on Huzlers should be taken seriously.


Example

Eminem "Quits" Music After Checking Into Rehab Again For Heroin Addiction

ROCHESTER HILLS - Rapper Marshall Mathers, known by his stage name 'Eminem', allegedly said "I'm done with this music sh*t" after checking into rehab again, only this time for a Heroin addiction.

Detailed Analysis

Story Claims Eminem Booked into Rehab and Quitting Music

According to a story being passed around via social media, rapper Eminem has announced that he is quitting music after checking into rehab for a heroin addiction.

Supposedly, Eminem's manager delivered the announcement, explaining that it might take the star four or five years to recover and he therefore won't be returning to music.

Story is False - Comes Via Fake- News Site Huzlers

However, the claims in the story are untrue. There are no credible news or music industry reports that support the claims in the story.

The star has openly discussed his battle with addiction in the past but there is no suggestion that he has currently checked himself into rehab as claimed. And, while retirement rumours have occasionally circulated, Eminem has not announced any plans to quit music.

The story originates with the fake-news website Huzlers.com.  Nothing published on Huzlers has any credibility and its stories should not be taken seriously.
The site, which considers itself satirical, includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.
In recent months, Huzlers has churned out a series of utterly bogus reports that have circulated far and wide, causing angst and confusion as they travel.

Because Huzlers presents its reports as news stories, many readers tend to think they are genuine. And, in fact, a lot of users tend to quickly share the report's social media headline and snippet without actually clicking the link to visit the site.

Thus, the fake stories circulate far and wide, duping many recipients into thinking that they are genuine news.

Always Verify 'News' Stories Before Sharing

More and more of these fake-news, supposedly satirical websites have surfaced in recent years. It is therefore wise to check any 'news' stories that come your way on social media before you share them with your friends. A quick search on a news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a celebrity story is true.




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Last updated: September 15, 2014
First published: September 15, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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