Multiple news outlets across the globe have been reporting the following story: How a man claiming to be Ed Sheeran is wanted by an Ohio “fugitive task force” for fraud, after allegedly performing at a few local churches and asking for money in return.
And according to the Facebook page where the story originated, it’s entirely untrue.
The Shade Room, Florida’s WZVN and Australia’s Today reported that a man named Ronnie Williams Jr. was wanted as a result of fraudulently playing paid gigs. Later in the broadcast, Australia Today clarified that it had been duped.’ data-reactid=”27″>Outlets including The Shade Room, Florida’s WZVN and Australia’s Today reported that a man named Ronnie Williams Jr. was wanted as a result of fraudulently playing paid gigs. Later in the broadcast, Australia Today clarified that it had been duped.
advocate, says. “I decided to create a page to see how much traction I could get with outrageous posts.”’ data-reactid=”34″>“I thought it was hilariously ironic that a lot of people in middle America would constantly rant about news organizations being ‘fake news’ but then turn around and share a meme about how it’s been proven that flu vaccines turn babies into werewolves or whatever. Whatever fits their agenda,” Bradshaw, who works as an anti-opioid youth advocate, says. “I decided to create a page to see how much traction I could get with outrageous posts.”
The 37-year-old Portsmouth, Ohio native, currently living in Columbus, goes on to explain that his first post to hit national headlines was about a man claiming to be country singer Travis Tritt and accepting $2,250 to perform at a local county fair. Similarly to the latest post, that one read like a police report. Although some people and news outlets didn’t read into the source.
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