After 10 years, US publication goes back by claiming Netanyahu has a genius IQ


Ten years after Business Insider magazine published a story claiming that Benjamin Netanyahu has an IQ of 180, the news site published an editor’s note retracting the article’s claims.

“This story was first published on April 6, 2011 and does not meet Insider’s current editorial standards,” read the note at the top of the article which claims to list IQs from a wide range of famous personalities.

“Insider no longer publishes stories that categorize individuals based on alleged information,” he says. “The sourcing and ranking methodology used in this story would not stand up to Insider’s current level of editorial review. For full transparency, we have decided not to remove this article.

Israeli journalist Roy Barak said he first contacted Business Insider – which has since been renamed “Insider” – two years ago to inquire about the validity of the article. And on Wednesday, Barak tweeted that he had finally received a response from the site noting that he would disavow the claims made in the article.

The article, first published in 2011, has since been cited by a wide range of other news outlets claiming the former prime minister has a genius IQ. The original source is said to be a now deleted article from the New Statesman that cited a claim by right-wing commentator Caroline Glick.

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