Tab: Jolie-Pitt Twins Have Down Syndrome

Enquirer's making stories up now, retorts blogger
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2010 10:36 AM CDT
Actor Brad Pitt arrives at Narita International Airport with son Knox Jolie-Pitt on January 27, 2009 in Narita, Chiba, Japan.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Taking a break from the tawdry affairs of Democrats, the National Enquirer turns its, er, unique brand of investigative journalism to Down Syndrome and the important unanswerable question of whether two pint-size Jolie-Pitts, Knox and Vivienne, have it. The cover-worthy story, it seems, is that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are "tormented by speculation" in the blogosphere that the twins have physical traits—rounded face, flattened profiles and upward slanted eyes—typical of people with Down Syndrome, and therefore must have Down Syndrome.

Put a lid on it, Enquirer, writes a blogger on Babble. "Other than the fact these kids show no outward markers of the disease, they are fraternal twins who don’t share the same exact chromosomes or DNA. The chances of them both having DS is off-the-charts rare," she writes. About "a 0.000625% chance, " to be specific.

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