Michele Bachmann's Stephen Hawking quotes are fake, people

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The absurd Michele Bachmann quotes about Stephen Hawking you may have seen circulating around the internet are fake, her spokesman confirmed to us last night.

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No, Bachmann didn't really say Hawking's revised theory of black holes and his admission that a previous one is his "biggest blunder" underscores "the danger inherent in listening to scientists," as Andy Borowitz of the New Yorker wrote in a piece published on his blog yesterday.

Here's an excerpt from Borowitz's piece:
"Actually, Dr. Hawking, our biggest blunder as a society was ever listening to people like you," said Rep. Bachmann. "If black holes don't exist, then other things you scientists have been trying to foist on us probably don't either, like climate change and evolution."

Rep. Bachmann added that all the students who were forced to learn about black holes in college should now sue Dr. Hawking for a full refund. "Fortunately for me, I did not take any science classes in college," she said.

Bachmann's anti-Hawking comments seemed to be gaining traction on Capitol Hill, as seen from the statement by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Science Committee, who said, "Going forward, members of the House Science Committee will do our best to avoid listening to scientists."
Though Borowitz's online bio makes clear his blog is satirical, some folks didn't get the memo, apparently:
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That's pretty sad. Equally unhappy, however, is the fact that the veracity of such quotes is subject to investigation in the first place.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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boobyshooby
boobyshooby

Immediately believing some dubious story such as this is fact, is a sad reflection on our society. I know many go to the default position "Bachmann is a clueless git" and therefore they believe she would say these things. However, common sense would cause a person to investigate before jumping in with a comment. Common sense isn't very common these days apparently.

drsdiego
drsdiego

Thank God it was satire. I wasn't sure.

Bro Juntunen
Bro Juntunen

Why do I get these posts? I'm not a liberal, I am a conservative.

Dana L. Stern Sr.
Dana L. Stern Sr.

Michele Bachmann is so stupid! She will help bring down the Republican Party!

Peter Geremia
Peter Geremia

This shows how Americans are just Lemmings and believe ANYTHING the press puts out. People need to do a little research (we do have the Internet you know) before coming to definitive conclusions about "News" stories.

Steven N. Reiter
Steven N. Reiter

Michele Bachmann speaks enough nonsense no one should have to make anything up.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

That fact that so many people believed this is a strong reflection on what a dimwit Mrs Bachmann really is, as well as the voters who keep electing her to office.

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Hmmm , statist kool aid is flowing strong this morning.

Qaiser Hussain Khan Bakhtiari
Qaiser Hussain Khan Bakhtiari

“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn't even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” Michelle Bachman.... If one says nonsensical stuff like this then people would believe anything stupid attributed to you. Reputation matters.

Mary King
Mary King

Reprehensible is correct and disgraceful is an excellent way of describing her. She would have to study each sentence of Stephen Hawking for an hour.... She could never understand his entire topic about anything. Dreadful woman.... Like a devil woman...

David M. Zemel
David M. Zemel

You know what Abe Lincoln said: it's hard to know what on the Internet is really true.

Jonathan Freed
Jonathan Freed

She likely doesn't even know who Hawking is, let alone have a valid opinion about him. She's a disgrace to MN's once-dominant legacy of progressive politics.

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

Nothing that involves Michelle Bachman is funny. It's just sad and usually reprehensible.

drsdiego
drsdiego

PS.  I don't think she's a dimwit.  I think she is quite calculating.  Hence, I wouldn't put such an absurd comment past her, if she thought it would help her gain an advantage.

boobyshooby
boobyshooby

Because like many conservatives you have no grasp of technology? You asked. I answered.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Critical thinking, a skill they don't teach in school. #TweetsAreYours

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