John Fleming Abortionplex
February 8, 2012 by staff
John Fleming Abortionplex, 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.
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