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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

John Fleming abortionplex Onion

John Fleming abortionplex Onion

John Fleming abortionplex Onion Congressman duped by 'abortionplex' story When Congressman John Fleming, R-La., heard that Planned Parenthood was planning to build an $8 billion "abortionplex" capable of terminating pregnancies "with an efficiency never before thought possible," he posted the story on Facebook with an angry message attached What Fleming seemingly didn’t know at the time was that the months-old story was fake--a product of the satirical news site, The Onion



A Republican Congressman from Louisiana has become the laughingstock of the internet after posting a story from The Onion to his Facebook wall and then commenting on the sad, sad, evil state of the world. Congressmen: just like us! Or, rather, just like our elderly conservative great uncles who think that an "Abortionplex" is a real thing.

Congressman John Fleming might be comically out of touch and maybe a little stupid, but his friends on the social network aren't. After he posted a link to an article entitled "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex" and remarking "More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale," an exasperated follower remarked "The Onion is satire. How exactly did you get elected?" The embarrassed lawmaker quickly deleted the errant post, but not before those rascals over at Buzzfeed got a screenshot.Even if Fleming didn't know The Onion is satire, he should have known that something was amiss when he actually read the article— if he actually read the article. Among the piece's claims: Planned Parenthood's new slogan is "No Life is Sacred," the megamall style facility had a lazy river ride for patients, and, most improbably and hilarious, that Planned Parenthood somehow in magical abortion fairyland found a money tree that grew them enough money to give them $8 billion (about 8 times their entire annual budget) to spend on one megabortionmall.

To borrow a very useful sentence from the side of my favorite coffee mug: Congressman John Fleming, you are dumb.

If you don't know enough about the internet to know that The Onion is a thing that is sarcastic, you should be immediately kicked out of Congress. I'm tired of having governmental technology resources wasted on sending underpaid twentysomethings to teach their powerful bosses how to forward something as an attachment or "download the internet." The amount of technological ignorance among lawmakers is literally unbelievable.
Liberal bloggers guffawed at Rep. John Fleming’s mistaken Facebook reposting of a satirical Onion “Abortionplex” article as fact, but many saw something darker - that the Louisiana Republican was so blinded by his hatred for pro-choice advocates that he was willing to believe almost anything about them.
On Friday, Fleming had posted, then quickly deleted, a link to The Onion’s May 18, 2011 story, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.” “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale,” he wrote.Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday the grand opening of its long-planned $8 billion Abortionplex, a sprawling abortion facility that will allow the organization to terminate unborn lives with an efficiency never before thought possible,” the satirical website reads.
Progressives poked fun at the incident online.
“It’s a laughable commentary on the outrageous charges that anti-choice groups use to attack Planned Parenthood, from one of the finest purveyors of satire, but the joke appears to have been lost on Fleming,” wrote Adam Peck at ThinkProgress.
But bloggers on the left also argued that the willingness to believe the article’s premise was indicative of the right’s willingness to believe almost anything about pro-choice advocates.
“What the story really demonstrates is just how much Republicans like Fleming hate Planned Parenthood. They hate it so much that they’re willing to believe anything, anything at all, to make the case that the nation’s largest provider of women’s health care should be put out of business,” wrote Kaily Joy Gray of the Daily Kos.
“It’s not really that funny to see a Congressman so blinded by animus toward Planned Parenthood that he’d accept such an obviously exaggerated satire as the real thing,” wrote Charles Johnson at LittleGreenFootballs.
Indeed, some liberal bloggers charged that the initial recognition of The Onion article as serious reflects the notion that Republicans think pro-choice advocates actually enjoy performing abortions.
“The fact that Fleming could read that article and think it true demonstrates that these nutbags actually think that liberals are pro-abortion; ‘pro’ as in ‘we love aborting shit,’” posted a blogger

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