Last week, the satirical online publication The Daily Currant claimed former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said America should send illegal immigrants to Mexico by sending them back home across the ocean. The story is completely fake, but, Twitchy said Sunday, a number of liberals fell for the story and responded with their trademark hatred.
Among those who fell for the story was Marg Helgenberger, the actress who once said that “one can only hope” members of the NRA get shot. “Is this for real?” she asked on Twitter, linking to the fake story.
“No,” one person said in response. “The Daily Currant is basically the unfunny cousin of The Onion.”
Nevertheless, a number of people believed the story. One person, for example, told Helgenberger the story is “totally real!”
Apparently, neither Helgenberger nor the “hordes” of Palin-hating liberals never took the time to read the Daily Currant’s “About” page, which clearly states the site is satirical in nature. The page also says in no uncertain terms that the stories they publish are “purely fictional.”
“If I were Obama I’d put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico,” the Currant claimed Palin said. “The liberal media says it’s impossible to deport that many people. But I say we can do it if we have enough ships.”
But Palin never uttered those words. Twitchy said Helgenberger wasn’t the only one who was duped by the fake story and presented tweets from those who consider themselves “smarter than the former Alaska governor.” Some readers of the Currant also fell for the story.
“Well, it seems right. If she could see Russia from her kitchen window, there must be an ocean between the US & Mexico,” one reader said. But there’s only one problem — those words were never uttered by Palin. They were, however, uttered by Tina Fey during a Saturday Night Live skit. Oddly enough, liberals — even some at large “news” networks like ABC — fell for the joke and claimed Palin made the statement.
It’s not the first time liberals have been duped by fake stories about conservatives they hate. In March, for example, liberals fell for a story that claimed Palin said Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 “may have vanished because it mistakenly flew too high and ended up in heaven.” That story was also published by the Daily Currant.
In February 2013, Washington Post “cultural journalist” Suzi Parker fell for another article posted at the Daily Currant and claimed Palin had signed up with Al-Jazeera, the network that purchased Al Gore’s Current TV. MSNBC fell for a satirical post at the far-left wing Daily Kos and ran a story claiming that Apple and Microsoft were “marrying up” to take on the National Organization for Marriage.
Twitchy didn’t even try to hide its disdain for those who fell for the fake article. “Please inform all these people that they’re morons,” the Twitchy staff said.