Fake News Report About Guantanamo Bay Prisoners Receiving GI Bill Benefits Tricks Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

by Colonel on February 20, 2013

“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.”

” — Kristen A. Lee, Copyright 2013 NYDailyNews.com

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