(New York) The Drudge Report continues to try to breathe life into a debunked story about the Republic of Iran passing legislation forcing Jews, Christians, and other religious minorities to wear colored clothing badges, reminscent of Nazi Germany.
Drudge is now running a link with the headline "Canadian Prime Minister says Iran 'capable' of introducing Nazi-like clothing labels..."
The problem with this is that this statement is taken out of context. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was ambushed by reporters on Friday with a loaded question about the false story, and he gave a conditional statement, adding that he had not been able to verify the story.
Today, then, Drudge is running as "news" a two-day-old, discredited story with a quote from the Canadian PM that is misleading and non-contextual.
Numerous websites - including the Drudge Report - ran this piece of disinformation about the government of Iran on Friday that was likely hatched by Iranian exiles in Canada.
Matt Drudge's site blared the headline "IRAN EYES BADGES FOR JEWS, CHRISTIANS" from about 11:00 am until 5:00 pm EST on Friday May 19. The site removed the link to the original article, but did not provide an acknoledgement of its error.
My requests for a statement from the Drudge Report have not been answered.
Addendum, 4:32 pm: The Drudge Report no longer has the link to the discredited "Iran Badges story." Still no response to my requests for a comment, and I am not holding my breath .