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Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: http://bit.ly/MMASurgeEp1 Satirical news publication The Onion broke the news on Twitter about an hour ago of a hostage situation involving Congress, but the story is not true and a number of Twitter users are saying it's not funny. It all started with this tweet: BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building. That was quickly followed up by this: "BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen." From there, The Onion continued to live tweet the "developments," including a tweet about a congressman buying semi-automatic handguns. It also posted a fake news report on its website, which it also shared on Facebook. In the article, the congressmen make the demand: 'We Need $12 Trillion Or All These Kids Die' it detailed that. "House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has emerged as spokesman for the bipartisan group, informed FBI negotiators this morning that the ransom was to be placed in stainless-steel suitcases and left on the Capitol steps by 4 p.m. sharp. If their demands are not met in full, the 11-term representative announced, "all the kids will die." Capitol Police told the Washington Post in a statement, "Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal. There is no credibility to these stories or the twitter feeds. The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting." The Onion piece was intended to satirize the stubborn stalemate in U.S. politics regarding the economic crisis, and the escalating desperation the American public has felt as a result, but some have accused the Onion of going too far with their humor. So what do you think? Is the fake story funny or in poor taste? Leave a comment below and let us know. http://twitter.com/#!/Theonion http://www.theonion.com/articles/congress-takes-group-of-schoolchildren-hostage,26207/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15115804 http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/09/29/is-the-onion-going-too-far-with-its-congresshostage-twitter-satire/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/29/the-onion-congress-hostage_n_987254.html
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