On May 18, 2011 the ONION published an article on their site entitled, “Planned Parenthood Opens $8 Billion Abortionplex.” For those of you who don’t know about the ONION, they are a satirical newspaper and website that posts fake satire based articles. Articles will most often play on current events. This is the same group that produced the Twitter post that I placed a picture of that read, “Trump unable to produce certificate proving he’s not a festering pile of shit.” When reading their articles its quite obvious they’re making fun of the topic at hand, although while pretending to be as serious as possible. On this particular article they published a large picture of the supposed interior of the Abortionplex, have a look.
Take a look at that picture and caption, are you having a hard time believing that it is even remotely serious. The sign in the background is quite clearly photoshopped and the caption is impossible to take seriously. Reading the article you’ll find a quote from their president Cecile Richards where he actually mentions Planned Parenthood’s true goals, 97% of resources dedicated to contraception distribution, cancer screening, and STD testing. This article quite obviously is preying on conservative’s illogical views of Planned Parenthood as bringer of death and abortions and the recent threats of funding cuts.
Unfortunately, however, proving that the internet and more precisely, this country, is filled with numerous gullibles, the following began to occur on Facebook (and most likely everywhere else)
They’ve bought it hook-line-and-sinker. Not sure if the ONION was intending to get this kind of reaction, but if they did, they succeeded. Come on people, if you truly learned about what Planned Parenthood stands for and what they try to accomplish you would have known this was fake from the beginning. I can bet you almost 100% of these people are avid Fox News viewers who simply believe whatever they’re told or see. The question then becomes, did they actually read the article on the ONION? Or did they just see the headline on some news aggregator and take it as the truth. Or did they read it and despite all the other hilarious article titles posted on the site, still fell for it.
These are some of the people voting for Governors, Senators, Representatives and Presidents. They probably see those campaign advertisements on TV bad-mouthing an opponent and believe everything that’s said. How can someone this easily tricked make an informed decision about who would best serve our country. I’m not suggesting we start testing for IQ or gullibility at the polls or that I’ve never fallen for something like this, but these people jumped all over this without any apparent attempt at researching what they saw, and that’s disappointing.
- Ok This Just Scares Me! (therestofthepiecesofmylife.wordpress.com)
- Very Few Abortions Actually Happen at Planned Parenthood… (goldencoathanger.com)