US Congressman Thinks The Onion Is A Real News Source

John Fleming, a Republican US representative from Louisiana, made a dimwitted mistake on his Facebook page last week. Hell, it might be even more embarrassing than naked pics! Here's what happened: Fleming missed the obvious humour of a satirical piece by The Onion and posted the fake piece to his Facebook followers as a real thing to take seriously. How did this man get elected?

He linked The Onion's fake piece about Planned Parenthood's $US8 billion Abortionplex (it comically describes nightclubs, movie theatres and bars inside the fake clinic), saying it was more information on Planned Parenthood and "abortion by the wholesale". THE MAN DIDN'T KNOW THE ONION IS FAKE NEWS. To top it off, that piece by The Onion was actually from May 2011 so Fleming made the grave internet error of falling for the double whammy: OLD fake 'news'.

Maybe we're missing Fleming's wit and appreciation for the lulz but Fleming posts (seriously, in these cases) about Planned Parenthood a lot. The Facebook post has now been deleted but it's still an embarrassing gaffe by someone who supposedly has a say in our government. These out of touch people run our country? Great.

I can't wait for The Onion piece about this. [Literally Unbelievable via The Atlantic Wire]


Comments

    The epitome of "stupid american"

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    How did this man get elected?

    Easy, same way dubya got in, money and bullshit!!

    He probably DID realise it was fake, but he understands that the people who voted for him were stupid enough not to.

    The sad part is while it's satire it's also remarkably similar to the real American press and probably an easy mistake to make for anyone not 'web savvy'.

    The likes of Fox News have made satire ever more difficult by constantly blurring and riding the line between news and entertainment. That's how they justify much of the bile, as "editorial comment".

    The lulz are strong with this one. <3 The Onion.

    We'll kick people of government out for sex scandals but if they do something stupid like this we just point and laugh.

    They're just controlling the fate of a nation!

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