ThinkProgress relayed a “news” report that claimed Rep. Michele Bachmann was calling for illegal immigrant children at the border to be put in “labor camps,” or “Americanization facilities” as Bachmann was quoted as saying.

Just one problem: None of it was true. ThinkProgress eventually issued a “correction,” and Jonah Goldberg was impressed by its scope:

The ThinkProgress post now consists of a brief “correction” saying Bachmann “never made the statement” followed by a several hundred word “story” that has been completely lined out.

The ThinkProgress “correction” was spotted by many others:

Crooks and Liars and the Daily Kos are two other liberal websites that have cited the fake story, according to the Daily Caller.

What might the excuse be?

Ding! Ding! Ding!

(h/t @submix8c)

  • mickeyco

    That damned Republican War on Women.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Think Progress, the Daily Kos and the Raw Story have gone republican?
      YEA, 3 down 43,847,949,374 to go!

  • Jake

    Fake but accurate.

    • Humanary Stew

      Can’t be accurate if it didn’t happen…

      • journogal

        But it happened in the liberal’s mind, so therefore it’s accurate (got to think like a liberal does or doesn’t. It’s confusing, I know.)

        • SisterMary

          Wait. What? Liberals think?

          • journogal

            In their own convoluted way that no one else understands.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            I dont know if I can go that far as to call that muddled brain salad process thinking.

          • Humanary Stew

            See my explanation below.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Dont think, just feel… the most bigoted, racist and misogynistic way possible.
            Yep, that sounds about right!

          • Tyrconnell

            Kinda-sorta, like an earthworm.

        • Humanary Stew

          They have also convinced themselves that the only way someone can oppose their “brilliant” policies and ideas is bigotry and hate. It could never be because their ideas fail every time they are tried.

        • Dangerous Politics

          She’s living rent-free in libs’ minds.

      • Jake

        Again, it’s what they say when they realize a story they really, really wanted to be true is nothing but a bunch of BS.

        • Humanary Stew

          Agreed. But I thought you were saying the story was fake but the sentiments were accurate. It wasn’t clear.

    • alanstorm

      Jake, that is a remarkably stupid comment, coupled with an allusion to yet another previously debunked “news” story.

      Twice the fail, and in so few words!

      You must be very proud.

      Did I miss the /Sark tag?

      • Jake

        That was my point, Alan. It’s what they say when they realize a story they really, really wanted to be true is nothing but a bunch of BS.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          Ahhhh, cause after all reading all the comment boards on the sites connected to this little kerfuffle, the progs amassing and posting in defense of TP, the progs seem to think that fake but accurate because MB is so batshat crazy that she would have said it eventually, she just hadnt thought of it yet.
          In other words, the lie was OK, cause they dont like her.

          • Ruth

            And it will eventually become ‘true’ just like Sarah Palin seeing Russia from her house.

          • H50 ✓RAT


          • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            “And it will eventually become ‘true’…”

            Not if WE keep harping on it every time ThinkProglodyte says something that sounds even the slightest bit off-kilter– make it an “AHA! Another Bachmann ‘Americanization’ Camps story!” meme. Hey– such ridicule effectively ended Dan Rather’s career as anything more than an old fart on some off-brand nobody-watches cable news show when we kept up the drumbeat of “Fake but accurate.” (Now, in fairness, Rather is a pain in the ass anyway, and he might initially have asked for too much money to return, and that’s why he hasn’t landed a big job. But the “FBA” STILL follows him around.)

          • Ruth

            Well, I do my part by calling out anyone who uses that Palin meme or the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner. But in all fairness, Dan Rather was a lot easier to home in on and ridicule because he WAS the face of the faked news story. These other stories have no famous face to throw the false charge back at, just thousands of posters who keep the falsehoods alive.

          • Jake

            You missed the “fake but accurate” explanation, didn’t you? Try reading the comments next time.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            No I didnt and yes I read the comments.

            Oh yea and bite me.

          • Jake


          • H50 ✓RAT

            Every day in every way.

        • alanstorm

          Sorry, it’s hard to tell snark from sarc sometimes, especially in print.

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I think he forgot the sarc tag. The story is a Rather. Fake story the reporter WANTS to be true. Hence the term “Fake, but accurate” first uttered by the infamous, senile at 20, Dan Rather.

      • VESENG

        You needed a /sarc tag for that? Really? I mean that it was pretty obvious, you owe Jake an apology.

    • Hey, That’s Mildly Adequate

      Which is what you liberals do to convince yourselves of BS.

  • BigTBoom

    Retraction, correction; Illegal immigrant, refugee.

  • kcinmo

    She’s not even running for re-election and they still feel the need to smear her name. Pathetic!

    • journogal

      She is a conservative women, therefore according to liberals, regardless of whether or not she is up for re-election, she (and others) is (are) always mockable.

      • WilliamAmos

        Reports are she is considering another run for President in 2016.

        • journogal

          Interesting…I did not know that.

          • Humanary Stew

            Some journalist you are. 😉

          • journogal

            I know, I know (hangs head down)…

          • Humanary Stew


          • journogal


        • kcinmo

          That could explain it then. They’re afraid of her and being extremely proactive, say 2 1/2 years early.

        • Frogmouth

          If the Republicans are smart, they will encourage her (along with Palin, Romney, Perry and a few others that have already been the targets of smear campaigns) to run in the primary along with a good selection of already despised frontrunners.

          While the Democrats and the lapdog media and Hollywood are all focused on destroying them, you sneak in a stalking horse to take the nomination. Trey Gowdy, perhaps.

    • Hey, That’s Mildly Adequate

      She is a woman who dares to think the way she chooses to instead of the way male Dems tell her to. So of course they feel need to condemn her no matter what.

  • Tom

    Those left wing asshats will fall hook, line and sinker for ANYTHING that appears to reflect negatively on anyone who strays from their plantation. Pathetic.

    • Hey, That’s Mildly Adequate

      Libs still believe that Palin actually said “I can see Russia from my house.” Even though Tina Fey was the one who said that in an SNL Skit.

      And there are Democrats in Congress who believe the Onion. So hook, line, and sinker sums it up quite nice.

  • AT

    This is kinda like the time I got an A for “correcting” my grade school book report on a book about Johnny Bench (which I never read) by crumbling it up and throwing it in the trash can in front of the teacher.

    Because, y’know, that’s how those sorts of things work.

  • Hey, That’s Mildly Adequate

    Liberals and their pathetic attempt to twist reality.

    Think Progress is a joke. Has been for years, but their credibility went the rest of the way down the toilet the day they claimed air was racist.

  • Juan Pablo

    Maybe if they had a Voxplanation they wouldn’t have fallen for it

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Zero credibility, zero self awareness.

  • Slam1263

    I heard Republicans ate babbies.

    • H50 ✓RAT

      Only on Sunday. We BBQ them after church dontcha know. ///

      • Slam1263

        Sunday? I thought that was “Sucking out the souls of the poor” flavored ice cream day/

        • H50 ✓RAT

          That flavor isnt available in my area yet. /

          • Slam1263

            It tastes like mango, with vanilla undertones.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Ahhh, throw some pineapple in there and I believe it will be a big hit!

    • 3seven77

      What exactly is a “babbie”?

      • Slam1263

        It’s an baby, that’s good enough to eat.

  • Hey, That’s Mildly Adequate

    Of course liberals fall for fake stories. Because it goes along with their narrative. Reality and facts don’t fit into the agenda.

  • Lord Foggybottom

    They think she’s batshit crazy because they believe all the lies about her.

  • TJ

    Living a by confirmation bias is a terrible way to go though life.

  • sunnyroberto

    Watch MSNBC for a few minutes. Read some of the left wing blogs. Most liberal media sucks so bad you can’t tell a parody from the real news. I actually believe that Melissa Harris-Perry isn’t for real, she’s an actress portraying a stereotypical dim witted “progressive”.

  • Dan Abbett

    It’s an interesting dichotomy actually. The left will immediately buy into whatever rumor, allegation or contrived story about a conservative/Republican politician. Just try however, to convince them of the real lies, misstatements and propaganda put out by Obama and those in his administration and seeing the dentist without Novocaine would be an easier sell.

  • Tyrconnell

    Did “thinkprogress” ever issue an apology for sending out interns to TEA party events with racist signs to “prove” the TEA party was racist?

    • H50 ✓RAT


      • Tyrconnell

        Didn’t think so, well it’s a Soros org anyway.

        • H50 ✓RAT

          If I remember correctly they Voxsplained it away but never even came close to an apology.
          ‘Not really the intent to pose as TEA Party members, just camouflage to blend in with the racists that were supposedly already there, keep them safe among the evil and violent.’ Some BS like that.

          • Tyrconnell

            Yeah, they couldn’t find real racism so they made some for the lick-spittle media.

          • H50 ✓RAT


  • Scorpion

    They may want us to think progress, but the only ones who are making progress are the likes of ISIS, Taliban, illegal aliens, radical Muslims in countries like England & France, Pakistan,Russia, China, North Korea to name a few.

  • RealityObserver

    Well, of course they believed it. The illegals are, after all, being put into their own Elite Regressive labor camps (e.g., “organic” farms and exclusive resorts) and anti-American indoctrination centers (e.g., public “schools”). Why shouldn’t they believe that someone else wants to get in on their action?

  • paulmurrey

    The Think Progress moderators banned my account.

    • Jeffrey Rogers


  • ReeFungorio

    It makes me chuckle that if Bachmann, Palin, et al said such stupid things, why are the “quotes” that are attributed to them often fake? They should be able to do like I do, which is find gut-busting humor in the things that leftists actually say–no need to make things up.

  • Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable

    It’s not as if the Democrats even have a better idea than this made-up Bachman bit.


    sounds to me like the left is once again projecting. accusing the right of things that the left is guilty of!

    • Alfredo ✓ᵂᵒᵐᵇᵃᵗ ᴷᶦⁿᵍ

      Bingo! We have a winner!

  • TVree

    Ohhh… look. Isn’t that cute?!?! The libprogs have attempted another Twitchy knockoff that fails.

  • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

    Discernment-impaired progs. ab absurdo ad absurdum.

  • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar

    They need to change their name to Think ProgCess.

  • rssllue

    This is just so that in the future when the progressives actually DO start calling for concentration/interment camps, that they can harken back to this “story” and say that there is bipartisan support for the idea.

  • kerrari1898

    “Crazy racist Bachmann story so believable liberal websites fall for parody”
    I think you meant “Liberal websites so stupid that liberal websites fall for parody”

  • stuckinIL4now

    “…a several hundred word ‘story’ that has been completely lined out.”
    “The term is ‘Retraction’.”
    Hmmmm…seems more like “redaction” to me.

  • sleazyrider

    It would not shock me at all to find out the gop had a hand in this..

  • alanstorm

    It’s just so much funnier when the group claiming to be the “Party of Science” and believes themselves to be be so much smarter than us knuckle-dragging conservatives proves that it just ain’t so.

    I mean, when they prove it by their statements, not by their mind-numbingly stupid policies. THAT dark humor we see every day.

  • Alfredo ✓ᵂᵒᵐᵇᵃᵗ ᴷᶦⁿᵍ

    I bet this isn’t the first time they’ve earned the Dan Rather Award for Integrity in Journalism. In fact, I’d bet that they knew it was fake all along, and decided to run with it even knowing that it would have to be taken down, because the only thing their lofo readers will care about is the original story that fit their bias.

  • Bob Smetters

    Almost as funny as when all the right wing sites were pwned and reported “Killery” did not let the Marines have live ammo at any embassies.

    • Bob Smetters

      Or when Fox went on and on about NY spending millions on jet packs and how were they going to control all the jetpack traffick? Not that is being pawned…..

  • DanielSFL

    Thats what happens when liberal sites try to act like real journalists. No one told them that they aren’t journalists, only liberal hacks that lie and can’t read a banner on the site that lists it as “parody”. Of course, thats what liberal lapdogs do.

  • Frogmouth

    Doesn’t matter if you force them to make a retraction or apologize. The story got out and it will stick in some people’s minds as fact and nothing anyone can do will dissuade them of that notion.


    “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled” ~Mark Twain

  • ceemack

    Being a “progressive” means never having to say you’re sorry.

    Or just completely incapable of it.

  • Rod Seel

    I think that there should be a “correction” on there “correction”…What is that correction? That “correction” should say “retraction” unless of course there is one word that was correct in there article? Not one word was correct? Then it should be a “retraction”, unless you have no credibility, then you just leave it as “correction”.

  • Rod Seel

    You can say anything to low information liberals and they will buy it for nothing…That is why these sites can survive. They rely on short bus liberals who buy anything they are selling…

  • Umbra Fractus

    As Metallica so eloquently put it, “[They] lie so much [they] believe [themselves].”