In House hearing on extremism, Republican reveals he was duped by military version of ‘The Onion’

The Washington Post:

“Has your organization identified the American Legion as a hate group?” Fall on asked puzzled Lecia Brooks, chief of staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Did you know that the organization named the VFW, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as a hate group?” He continued. “You have had in the past.”

Needless to say, Brooks was unaware of this, as it was not true. In fact, Fallon’s incredible claims had appeared in Duffel Blog, a satirical website focused on fake military stories. In other words, Fallon was snooked by the military equivalent of a Onion article. And he wasn’t the only one.

Brooks immediately disputed this claim, but it wasn’t until about half an hour later, after raising similar questions from Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), That she pointed to the satirical source of the Fallon’s mistake.

With the “confusion” cleared, the committee chair, Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington, said it was obvious: “That’s why we have these auditions, it’s to try to get it right. Then we can debate what to do with them, but we can’t dismiss a bunch of misinformation.

No no. We can not. But they still do. ALL. THE. TIME.

Of course, if Fallon had studied Duffel Blog a little more carefully, he would have seen headlines like “Kim Jong-Un Seen Outside Mar-a-Lago Blasting” In Your Eyes “on Boombox” and “The Mandates quarterly army “do not invade the Capitol formation. So, yeah, that’s pretty clearly satire.

An SPLC spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Post that he had never listed any of the veterans’ organizations on his “Map of hatred”, a very city, sometimes contested list of extremist groups.

To be fair, this isn’t the first time a Republican has been taken on by Duffel Blog. According to To post, in 2012, Yertle McTurtle himself was deceived by a story from the Duffel Blog claiming that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were receiving benefits from GI Bill. In fact, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was so worried, he sent an investigation into the story to the Pentagon.

Then again, Mitch Moscow is not as stupid as the others. He might have thought (quite accurately) that Republicans would believe anything.

I mean, they almost always have, right?

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