Rep. John Fleming (R-Louisiana) — who is smart enough to make incredibly personal decisions about your body, but is not quite sharp enough to pick out absurdist social satire — pretty much won the Internet today…
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?"
Our sincerest congratulations to him. He'll be going home with continued derision from The Onion's editorial staff…
The Onion's editor, Joe Randazzo, said the publication is proud to count Fleming as a reader. "We're delighted to hear that Rep. Fleming is a regular reader of America's Finest News Source and doesn't bother himself with The New York Times, Washington Post, the mediums of television and radio, or any other lesser journalism outlets," he said in a statement.
All this open-faced mockery may seem kind of mean-spirited, but don't worry. Fleming's brain is not equipped to process things like irony and sarcasm, so I can assure you that he thinks it's all sincere.
"Wow! I'm finally making a name for myself out there!" — John Fleming (probably)
He's having the time of his life.
Tags: Abortion, House of Representatives, John Fleming, The Onion