THINK PROGRESS Prints Parody About Michele Bachmann As Fact
Perhaps the greatest insight into someone is not what they say — but what lies they will believe. Michele Bachmann evidently proposed work camps — to be called “Americanization” camps — for incoming illegals. Needless to say, Think Progress, which runs a never ending series of articles about how the GOP is about to impose fascism, jumped all over it.
The only problem — the story was from a parody site. Nonetheless, it confirmed the reporter’s prejudices, so it was too good not to be true.
Before they delete it, I present you the first three paragraphs from the “corrected” story.
The news site KCTV7 News is a parody. Rep. Bachmann (R-MN) never made the statement. We sincerely regret the error.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has an unusual solution to the crisis of unaccompanied migrant children coming across America’s southern border: put them in camps and put them to work.
KCTV7 News in Kansas City reported last week that Bachmann proposed the idea of “Americanization Facilities” where the children would be put to work to pay off the costs of their past, present and futures care. In exchange, the children would also be fast-tracked on a path to citizenship. “I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… ‘Americanization facilities,’ if you will,” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk. “And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.”
When pressed by conservative radio host Jason Lewis about what life would be like in the camps, Bachmann elaborated that the purpose would also be to inculcate the children into English-speaking American culture. “Well, we’d of course want these facilities to be ideal, you know, for the children to work and learn,” Bachmann continued. “They’d spend half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that’s English, you know, English and American history. And as soon as they learn English with some degree of fluency, they can attend local schools, maybe with a voucher program, or something like that. And then they could work when they aren’t in school.”…
[Corrected: Bachmann and Migrant Children, by Jeff Spross, Campus Progress, July 27, 2014]
And so on.