Mitch McConnell’s Office Pulls a Shapiro, Demagogues Obvious Joke As If It Were Fact
Mitch McConnell: Worried Gitmo prisoners will get GI benefitsRemember how earlier this month Breitbart legacy-keeper Ben Shapiro, who is either one of the stupidest persons alive or one of the most mendacious (or quite possibly both), decided he was going to take a set of obviously-facetious comments made by a New York Daily Newsjournalist, treat them as factual, and use them as clubs with which to beat up Chuck Hagel?
Turns out this sort of thing is quite common among the conservative set. Back in October, the Duffel Blog — which is a satirical site, sort of a military-minded version of The Onion — put up a post stating that Guantanamo prisoners were to receive G.I. Bill benefits. And guess what? One of Senator Mitch McConnell’s constituents (a person who like Shapiro is stupid or mendacious or both) reported it as fact to McConnell’s office, which in turn forwarded the note to DoD on the assumption it was fact.
McConnell’s staffers aren’t the first conservatives or Republicans to demagogue stuff from the Duffel Blog. In November, thousands of Romney fans, treating a satirical Duffel Blog posting as fact, called for a recount after the blog posted a 100%-fact-free piece stating that military absentee ballots were delivered a day late.
It almost makes me want to start a rumor just to see how fast some conblogger picks up on it.