No he didn’t, but once the lie got out about Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert supposedly saying it was “scary” that liberal elites would cull the population of humans using vaccines, it became a tough one to reel back in.

Here’s how it all started:

Josh Feldman over at Mediaite wrote a hit piece on Louie Gohmert yesterday with the title: GOP Rep. Gohmert: ‘Scary’ to Think Liberal Elites Would Use Vaccines for Population Control. The article quickly accuses Gohmert in the first paragraph of remarking “that it’s “scary” to imagine liberal elites like Bill Gates pushing vaccines on the general public in order to control and reduce the global population.” The problem is he made no such remark whatsoever.

Read the full story and listen to full audio for context here.

Thanks to dogged determination from The Right Scoop blog to root out the lie, the bogus story was removed from Mediaite’s site, as of now without explanation or even a retraction:

As the old saying goes, a lie makes it halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes, and that held true with Gohmert/vaccine smear:

Mediaite aggregated and repeated the bogus claims from the original article appearing at Raw Story, and even though Mediaite pulled the hit piece, Raw Story still has the false article posted.

Rep. Gohmert thanked The Right Scoop:

That’s one down, but the false story is still floating around out there on other sites.

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