GOP representative Pat Fallon cites Duffel Blog, satire site, as fact while questioning SPLC head

March 25, 2021 ☼ gopstupid

Source: The Washington Post

Link: GOP representative Pat Fallon cites Duffel Blog, satire site, as fact while questioning SPLC head

As the House Armed Services Committee met Wednesday to consider extremism in the U.S. military, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Tex.) tried to push back on the credibility of the hate-group researcher testifying before the lawmakers.

“Has your organization named the American Legion as a hate group?” Fallon asked a puzzled Lecia Brooks, chief of staff at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Were you aware that the organization named the VFW, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as a hate group?” he continued. “You had in the past.”

A spokesperson for the SPLC confirmed to The Washington Post that it has never listed either veterans organization on its “hate map,” a much-cited, sometimes challenged list of extremist groups. But as Brooks pointed out later in the hearing, Fallon’s claim wasn’t just false — it had been fabricated by a satirical news site, Duffel Blog, that lampoons the U.S. military.

Well, he’s from Texas, but I guess he could have been from Florida too.