The Facts are Overrated: Liberal News Site ‘Think Progress’ Runs False Story on Michele Bachmann

bachmannjpg-6013794b26cb32fcEditor’s Note: Why fact-check when it’s too sensational not to print? This liberal news site ran a story based off a satirical article. Quality journalism, that is. 

Liberal blog Think Progress seemingly had a hot one on its hands.

Word was that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) had a novel solution for all the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children coming across the U.S. border: Stick ‘em in work camps!

Or as Think Progress reported Bachmann as calling them, “Americanization Facilities.”

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Think Progress even had quotes from Bachmann, according to its primary source, KCTV7 Newsin Kansas City:

“I’m calling on all of us, Obama and Congress and everyone, to chip in and build special new facilities… ‘Americanization facilities,’ if you will,” Bachmann told Minnesota’s Twin Cities News Talk. “And we’d send these kids to these facilities, in Arizona and Texas and wherever else. And we’d get private sector business leaders to locate to those facilities and give these children low-risk jobs to do. And they’d learn about the American way of life, earn their keep, and everyone wins in the end.”

Bachmann was reported by Think Progress to have said the kids would get an education, too:

“Well, we’d of course want these facilities to be ideal, you know, for the children to work and learn,” Bachmann continued. “They’d spend half of their day working, and the other half learning what every child should learn, and that’s English, you know, English and American history. And as soon as they learn English with some degree of fluency, they can attend local schools, maybe with a voucher program, or something like that. And then they could work when they aren’t in school.”

What else did Think Progress report Bachmann as having said?

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