GOP lawmaker took Onion satire piece seriously

Rick Moran
Can anyone in politics be unaware of the fact that The Onion is a parody site? Apparently, there is at least one person who is. Politico: Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) has deleted his Facebook post linking to an article in The Onion about a fictional Planned Parenthood "Abortionplex." In a Facebook status on Friday, Fleming alerted his followers to The Onion's May 18, 2011 article, "Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex" and wrote "More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale." Fleming's spokesman Doug Sachtleben confirmed to POLITICO the post has since been removed from the congressman's Facebook page and said the office had no further comment. The blog Literally Unbelievable - which posts Facebook statuses from users who think Onion articles are real - picked up Fleming's status before the congressman removed it from the social networking site. Four users liked the post and eight left comments, with one person writing, "The Onion is satire. How exactly did you get...(Read Full Post)

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