Senate Minority Leader Falls for Fake Story from DuffelBlog

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

Sen Mitch McConnellSenator Mitch McConnell, the ranking Republican Senator and Senate Minority Leader from Kentucky, has fallen for a fake news story from the satirical news website,

Rest easy, America.

On November 14, 2012, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wrote to Elizabeth King, the Pentagon’s congressional liaison, with an unusually credulous query. “I am writing on behalf of a constituent who has contacted me regarding Guantanamo Bay prisoners receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits,” McConnell wrote in a letter acquired by Danger Room. “I would appreciate your review and response to my constituent’s concerns.”

McConnell’s staffers forgot who the Pentagon works for these days: The Obama Administration. And so Elizabeth King’s office gleefully leaked the letter to the media. 

DuffelBlog is a humor website that features headlines like Former E-1 Hired as Military Consultant on New Action Film and Change of Command Ceremony Dissolves into Giant Orgy. Both stories are obviously satirical – although in fairness to the last story we wouldn’t put anything past rear echelon troops and fobbits in any deployment post-2008.

The McConnell constituent provided his office a link to the story, and asked McConnell’s office to “confirm or refute the accuracy of this story.”

In response, the Pentagon asked McConnell’s staffer to go down the hall and ask the Deputy Undersecretary for Reserve Affairs to sign out the range fans and a couple of bottles of halogen fluid. According to McConnell’s office, four months after the incident, the mission is still in progress.

Emails to Senator McConnell’s office asking if sequestration would have any effect on the chronic shortage of chem light batteries and bulk shipments of grid squares to the troops were not immediately returned.


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