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After 10 years, US publication walks back claim that Netanyahu has genius IQ

‘Insider’ now says the 2011 article does not meet its ‘current editorial standards’

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu points at his hair during a speech at the Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, on October 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu points at his hair during a speech at the Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, on October 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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

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

“Insider no longer publishes stories that rank individuals based on purported intelligence,” it says. “The sourcing and ranking methodology used in this story would not stand up under Insider’s current level of editorial scrutiny. For full transparency, we have decided not to take this article down.”

Israeli journalist Roy Barak said he first reached out two years ago to the Business Insider site — which has since rebranded as just “Insider” — to inquire about the validity of the article. And on Wednesday, Barak tweeted that he finally received a response from the site noting that it would be disavowing the claims made in the article.

The article, first published in 2011, has since been cited by a wide range of other news outlets purporting that the former prime minister has a genius IQ.

** Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story contained a reference to Caroline Glick, which was incorrect and has now been deleted.

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