Last week, multiple liberal news sites were forced to correct false stories claiming Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) called for "Americanization facilities" for undocumented migrants at the border.
The sites — including ThinkProgress and Crooks and Liars — based the story on a parody site called KCTV7 News that features clearly absurd stories on its home page. For example, one KCTV7 news story is titled, "Feds Spend $2.2 Million To Study Why Lesbians Are Obese."
Both outlets retracted their stories after publication and apologized for being duped.
"We sincerely regret the error," ThinkProgress wrote, doing a complete strike through the text of the original article.
Crooks and Liars argued Bachmann's outspoken conservatism made the parody believable.
"Yeah, I got pwned," the author wrote. "How sad is it that it was just this side of realistic enough to believe in the first place. When you have a reputation for making outrageous and ridiculous comments, it becomes easier and easier to believe something that should have been dismissed out of hand."
Bachmann's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
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