Articles widely debunked as “fake news” from notorious satirical websites aren’t untrue if they support one’s political agenda, according to Louisiana state Rep. Dodie Horton.
The freshman Republican lawmaker from Haughton refused to concede that stories from noted sources of satire should not be cited as fact when determining public policy and discussing proposed legislation. Horton defended her decision to cite an item from The Daily Currant — which claimed marijuana overdoses killed 37 people on the first day of legalized pot in Colorado — while arguing in committee against a measure that would expand medical marijuana in Louisiana.
“Satire, fat tire, cat wire. I don’t care what fancy word you make up to discredit a bona fide news article. Facts are facts, no matter what you call the article or the site they come from,” Horton told reporters at the state Capitol. “Just because it’s satire doesn’t mean it’s not true.”
“Back in Bossier Parish, when someone you’ve never met in person sends you an email that’s already been forwarded a dozen times to thousands of people, you know it’s gospel.”
Horton insisted the article was thoroughly vetted by a “trusted source” who passed it along to her and hundreds of other people via email.
“Look, I don’t know what y’all are taught here in the big city, but back in Bossier Parish, when someone you’ve never met in person sends you an email that’s already been forwarded a dozen times to thousands of people, you know it’s gospel.”
She also addressed her decision to block an Advocate reporter on Twitter for calling attention to the fact that The Daily Currant article Horton cited, just like every other article that site has published, is complete bullshit.
“I will block anyone, especially the fake news, when they try to tell me that my highly credible source is fake news,” Horton explained. “I know fake news when I see it. If I believe it, it can’t be fake news.”