Louisiana Tea Party Pretty Sure Common Core Makes Kids Gay, Since Fake News Site Said So
The Tea Party of Louisiana does not like Common Core, not one darn bit! And on Monday, it issued adeeply disappointed and angry denunciation of Sen. David Vitter for supporting the standards, since the tea partiers had "always thought of Senator Vitter as a friend of Liberty," but his support for Common Core gives them a sad. All pretty standard Tea Party stuff, until you get to their list of links at the end, so you could educate yourself on just how terrible this Common Core stuff is. The first item on the list is now gone from the Tea Party website, but happily, RightWingWatch grabbed a screenshot:
And of course, the link to "Common Core Turns First Wave of Students Gay" goes straight to a fake-news website, though not, for a change, to the desperately unfunny National Report. This time it's from a modest little Onion Wannabe called Broken World News, which did a story back in June playing off the very real concerns of Florida state Rep. Charles Van Zant, who really had warned that Common Core would "attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can" (his evidence, as Yr Wonkette noted at the time, was that a company that contracted to score tests also had published some articles about gay youth).
And so the Louisiana Tea Party listed that article as proof that Common Core is pushing homosexuality, despite Broken World News's disclaimer warning that “If you believe any of the shit you read here you are a freaking moron” and lines like "as many as 60% of students who participated in Common Core have gone gay, many overnight" or a "source" saying that it's "common knowledge that the smartest kids in school are usually the gay kids." (Wait, that isn't true?)
Also, a big round of applause for a Very Believable Explanation from Tea Party spokesman Bob Reid, who told the Times-Picayune that his group totally knew that the Broken World News article was "labeled satire," but that they included it in their rundown to "bring attention of the Common Core issue to those who maybe aren't paying attention." We completely believe that -- it explains why the description of the link had all that overheated rhetoric about Common Core pushing "this disgusting and immoral lifestyle" and hinting that it's the work of he Devil. Of course, the link has now completely vanished from the Tea Party of Louisiana website, now that it's done its job of bringing attention to the many flaws in Common Core.
[Times-Picayune via RightWingWatch / RawStory]
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