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Onion Twitter joke prompts serious response

Posted By admin On September 30, 2011 @ 3:02 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Ed O’Keefe
Washington Post [1]
Sept 30, 2011

Just hours after federal officials arrested a man alleged to have plotted an actual attack on the Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Police [2] aren’t laughing about a joke tweet suggesting a similar siege.

The Onion, a satirical newspaper, wrote this on its Twitter feed Thursday morning:

BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen.#CongressHostage [3]Thu Sep 29 14:44:50 [4]via HootSuite [5] [6]The Onion [6]

The newspaper followed the “breaking news” tweet with a link to a satirical article [7] suggesting that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is serving as spokesman for a “bipartisan group” of congressional hostage-takers. Subsequent messages appeared to provide real-time updates of the completely fictional situation.

The Capitol Police reacted angrily.

Full article here [1]

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/onion-twitter-joke-prompts-serious-response/2011/09/29/gIQAqQmL7K_blog.html

[2] U.S. Capitol Police: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/

[3] #CongressHostage: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23CongressHostage

[4] Thu Sep 29 14:44:50 : http://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/119422387841282050

[5] HootSuite: http://www.hootsuite.com/

[6] Image: http://twitter.com/TheOnion

[7] a link to a satirical article: http://www.theonion.com/articles/congress-takes-group-of-schoolchildren-hostage,26207/

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