The Onion editor on fooling Rep. Fleming: We’re ‘delighted’ he’s a regular reader

The office of Rep. John FlemingJohn Calvin FlemingLobbying world Trump wants Congress to delay Census deadlines amid pandemic Meadows sets up coronavirus hotline for members of Congress MORE might be crying tears of embarrassment after apparently getting duped by a satirical news article from The Onion.

The Louisiana Republican reposted a story about the opening of a supposed $8 billion Planned Parenthood “Abortionplex” on his Facebook page on Friday.


The article, which originally went online in May, was posted again on The Onion’s website last week after the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it would no longer provide grants to Planned Parenthood because the organization is under congressional investigation. (Following a wave of criticism, Komen reversed its decision.)

The Onion article detailed a 900,000-square-foot facility that included some astonishing (albeit completely contrived) amenities: “coffee shops, bars, dozens of restaurants and retail outlets, a three-story nightclub and a 10-screen multiplex theater — features intended not only to help clients relax, but to foster a sense of community and make abortion more of a social event.”

Fleming’s Facebook post, which included a link to the fictitious “Abortionplex” write-up, was captured on the blog “Literally Unbelievable,” which lists examples of Facebook users who are fooled by The Onion’s stories.

While it’s since been removed from the social networking site, the comment from Fleming read, “More on Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale.”

The editor of The Onion, Joe Randazzo, tells ITK in a statement, “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.”  

Fleming’s office didn’t return a request from The Hill for comment.