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October 01, 2011
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Capitol Police react to Onion satire

The Onion tweets and article spoke of congressional leaders "brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols"

The Bismarck Tribune

WASHINGTON — Capitol Police were not amused by tweets and an article written by the satirical newspaper The Onion falsely reporting that members of Congress had taken a group of schoolchildren hostage.

The satirical newspaper's Twitter accounts and related story Thursday reporting gunshots and hostage-taking in the Capitol came a day after the FBI arrested a Massachusetts man accused of planning to bomb the Pentagon and the Capitol with explosive-filled model airplanes.

Full story: Capitol Police react to Onion satire






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