“Wired reported that McConnell fell for a far-fetched story on The Duffel Blog, a parody news site with fake reports about the military.
The October story joked that the Defense Department had approved a “controversial move” letting prisoners apply for Post 9/11 GI bill benefit, in part to “completely crush their souls with bureaucracy.”
But when a constituent passed along the fake news report, McConnell’s office didn’t get the joke.
Wired obtained a Nov. 14 letter written by Mitch McConnell to Pentagon’s congressional liaison that appeared to take the joke story seriously.
“I am writing on behalf of a constituent who has contacted me regarding Guantanamo Bay prisoners receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” McConnell’s letter read. “I would appreciate your review and response to my constituent’s concerns.”