Although his Facebook post was deleted, it lives on in the memory of the internet.
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 elected?”
That comment makes a fine point. You might want to be charitable and say that not everyone is aware of The Onion, which is a fair point. I’ve certainly stumbled across satirical news stories from sites I’d never heard of and was unaware that the source was parody. But even then, my pea-sized liberal brain is capable of seeing an outrageous story and thinking “Okay, that can’t be right.” I’ve even written in the past that I avoided stories because I assumed them to be fake. If you read “$8bil Abortionplex” and your first instinct isn’t that you’re dealing with a fake story, there’s trouble.
And that’s the heart of the matter. A man whose job is to read, understand, and vote upon written legislation that will be enacted nationally is incapable of recognizing satire and too lazy to double check. I really am starting to believe that Republicans say government is the problem because their chosen candidates are all inept buffoons.