Two years ago, the Onion's "Michele Bachmann Thankful No Americans Died In Sikh Shooting" story duped a ton of commenters and social media users. The same thing happened earlier this year in response to a satirical New Yorker piece where Bachmann was "quoted" making ridiculous criticisms of Stephen Hawking.
This time around, liberal media outlets have been fooled by a piece from fake news site KCTV7 entitled, "Michele Bachmann Suggests Labor Camps For Immigrant Children."
Think Progress's Jeff Spross blogged indignantly about Bachmann's (fake) interview with Twin Cities News Talk's Jason Lewis, writing that she "has an unusual solution to the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children coming across America's southern border: put them in camps and put them to work... Despite the hardships they already face, Bachmann argued her plan would rebound to the benefit of the children by allowing them to take advantage of job opportunities in the states."
In an update to the original post, which was completely crossed out with a strike through, Think Progress wrote, "The news site KCTV7 News is a parody. Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) never made the statement. We sincerely regret the error."
Crooks and Liars used a harsher tone in its blog post about the phony interview, entitled, "Crazy Eyes Bachmann Wants Central American Children Put In Indoctrination Camps."
"Leave it to Michele Bachmann to come up with loony tunes ideas for how best to handle the influx of children fleeing conditions in Central America," the Crooks and Liars piece begins.
In an update, the author, identified as Karoli, acknowledges that she "got pwned," but doesn't take all the blame.
"How sad is it that it was just this side of realistic enough to believe in the first place," she writes. "When you have a reputation for making outrageous and ridiculous comments, it becomes easier and easier to believe something that should have been dismissed out of hand."
Point taken, but still, Spross and Karoli should've already known you can't believe everything you read on the interwebs, even when it's published by a "news organization."
h/t -- Yahoo