Fake Michele Bachmann stories dupe liberal websites

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Sure, we like to criticize Michele Bachmann, but only for things she actually says.
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."

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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

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12 comments
tgsm56
tgsm56

Hmmmmm, let's see, people make up numerous fake quotes attributed to Michelle Bachman over an extended length of time and then when they publish them and are caught their excuse is, "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."  


Well, when you falsely attribute fake comments to someone isn't it YOU who have given the person  a reputation for making outrageous and ridiculous comments?!  


asfdsfdsf
asfdsfdsf

And another Bachmann story.  I think Mr. Rupar might have a crush.

PestilentSchoolboy
PestilentSchoolboy

Michele Bachmann is loathable and I'm no fan of hers, but why excuse shoddy "journalism" in the way Karoli does? I rolled my eyes when I read Karoli's disclaimer in her redaction. Every news outlet makes mistakes and has to publish corrections, and the language is basically boilerplate, "....and we regret the error." When you add in a stupid "yeah, but" and try to excuse it with some stupid bullshit about, 'she says crazy shit all the time so know wonder I got duped', it sounds like sour grapes. Just own it and stfu, Karoli.

Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson

bullshit, dumb fucking words come out her mouth every time she opens it... what happens when we hear it not read it, then what do you blame it on? lead paint chips??

Mitch Vogel
Mitch Vogel

I would think that's a noob tip! Pro's would get the information from multiple credible sources and come to their own conclusion.. Incredible sources: you have to treat as blog/forum posts...

Jim Bjerke
Jim Bjerke

Ted Nugents latest quote wasn't directed at the folks bloggers said it was so if the internet could get it right, he's still a pecker head either way so why not just get it right and get the facts straight? In this case, he can say, "I never said that" and that would true in the context. Which sucks.

Sarah Ann
Sarah Ann

It's hard to believe she didn't say it seeing as everything else outta her mouth is ridiculous!

Steve Kroll
Steve Kroll

The problem is that most of the things that come out of her mouth sound like satire, making it difficult to separate truth from fiction.

green23
green23 topcommenter

@asfdsfdsf I think that it's highly interesting that conservatives have gone from complaining about the media failing to repeat Bachmann's "Truth" to the current situation, which is questioning why the media is covering her at all. 


Bachmann stories used to get literally dozens of strident Bachmann supporters commenting here. One of the most common themes from these conservatives was that "the libs" are "scared" of Bachmann, and this was used to explain away any criticism of the Tea Party icon. 


It took years for conservatives to discover that everyone outside of their bubble reality saw Bachmann as a punchline, rather than as a source of Received Wisdom. Once they figured this situation out, they universally 'recalled' that they never liked Bachmann and wondered aloud why anyone was paying any attention to her.
 

Rupar was one of the very few local media figures brave enough to cover Bachmann's insanity when she was popular with the wingnut crowd. 

_Joe_
_Joe_

Ow, my brain.


Punctuation counts, people.

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