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Rep. Jim Moran slams the Duffel Blog, somehow misses the joke

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A recent article on the satirical military news site, the Duffel Blog, led to a congressman fielding phone calls and emails about fake legislation that would require combat veterans to inform their neighbors of their location. (Duffel Blog screen grab)

A recent article on the satirical military news site, the Duffel Blog, led to a congressman fielding phone calls and emails about fake legislation that would require combat veterans to inform their neighbors of their location. (Duffel Blog screen grab)

A congressman issued a statement after fielding a number of calls and emails criticizing a story about his so-called plan to require war veterans to inform their neighbors that they served in combat — only the story was fake, a product of the satirical military news site, the Duffel Blog.

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., put a statement on his website Tuesday disassociating himself with the satire, that “while meant to be humorous, was in poor taste and hurtful to our veterans.”

But the Duffel Blogwas created by a veteran — former Marine Sgt. Paul Szoldra, who served as a mortarman and a combat instructor during his eight years in the Corps. 

A Duffel Blog spokesman told The Hill on Tuesday that what’s more hurtful to veterans is false information spread about veterans with post-traumatic stress. The satirical post came out the same day veterans groups were slamming The New York Times for running an opinion piece that drew links between veterans and white supremacist groups, following the recent deadly shooting outside a Kansas Jewish center.

The Duffel Blog piece also links to a recent McClatchy story that includes an interactive map that allows readers to search PTS “hotspots” by zip code.

In his statement, Moran said he has advocated for billions in veterans funding to support those suffering from PTS who risked their lives for the country. He said the article detailing the fake legislation portrayed the nation’s veterans suffering from PTS in a “negative, hurtful and deliberately provocative light.”

The joke must have been lost on Moran, who could have used the increased attention to point out the impetus of Duffel’s story: widely reported falsehood’s that PTS is related to violence. Arguably, the perpetuation of this falsehood by mainstream media following the April 2 Ft. Hood shootings has done more harm to vets than a satirical news story.

The Duffel Blog spokesman responded in typical fashion, quipping that the congressman “deserves a substantial pay raise for his handling of this incident. $174,000 per year is not nearly enough for the important work he and all members of Congress are not doing.”

“…It is regrettable that Moran’s unpaid interns have been forced to answer phones and emails about his mention in a recent article — the horror,” the spokesman told The Hill.

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Comments

  1. Bradley Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Ass kickin good

  2. Unrated Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don’t blame him, why use a real rep’s name.. just make one up. If my office was flooded with phone calls about some made up bullshit I would be pissed too.

  3. William Fuzi Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Personally duffleblog should find himself in court defending a liable lawsuit. An after a couple years of legal fees defending himself Moran say how funny was that.

  4. Davis Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 11:59 am

    William Fuzi you must not know anything about how LIBEL works. Politicians are public figures and public figures can never sue for libel. There are 5 requirements to being able to win a libel lawsuit, NOT being a public figure is one of them and you must prove that the offending party met all 5 requirements.

    There’s your journalism law lesson for the day.

  5. fookyocowch Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Stfu you candy asses

  6. Paul Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Funny WTG DB!! As A Veteran with PTSD I want say; Congressmen get the stick out of your derriere. You just made a big deal out of military satire for publicity. Had you served some time for your country rather than playing college football, smoking pot and spending your daddies money you too may have found the humor in this!

  7. Cashman Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Hey Davis go back to law school, journalism school or any school. A public figure can most certainly sue for libel, to win they must prove an additional element beyond non-public figures, actual malice.

  8. B Says:
    April 17th, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    what a Moran!

  9. Jason Deegan Says:
    April 19th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I’m on your side, but I hope you get your ass sued for lying. There’s NOTHING funny about lying and doing what the other @$$hole is doing doesn’t make it right.

    You’re getting good people who really care to make a difference riled up about lies.

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