The Onion published a perfect satire of the FBI’s warning to the public earlier this week, which featured the headline: “FBI warns Republican memo could undermine faith in massive, unaccountable government secret agencies,” according to BizPacReview.
The article was in reference to a public warning issued by the FBI that said there were “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
Here’s CNN’s coverage of the FBI statement:
FBI just released a rare public warning expressing “grave concerns” over the Nunes memo, saying there are “material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy” https://t.co/sJWJhxFkvE pic.twitter.com/7LXffrLmsc
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) January 31, 2018
Here’s The Onion’s article:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) February 1, 2018
The Onion jokingly “quoted” FBI Director Christopher Wray as saying:
“Making this memo public will almost certainly impede our ability to conduct clandestine activities operating outside any legal or judicial system on an international scale.”
According to the article, Wray noted “that it was essential that mutual trust exist between the American people and the vast, mysterious cabal given free rein to use any tactics necessary to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens or subvert religious and political groups.”
“If we take away the people’s faith in this shadowy monolith exempt from any consequences, all that’s left is an extensive network of rogue, unelected intelligence officers carrying out extrajudicial missions for a variety of subjective, and occasionally personal, reasons,” The Onion quoted Wray as saying.
The article concluded:
“At press time, Wray confirmed the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies were unaware of any wrongdoing for violating constitutional rights.”
The reactions on Twitter were priceless:
— Mark Bylok (@markbylok) February 1, 2018
I said this last week, the Onion is now real news
— lefty archaeologist (@TzvetaManolova) February 1, 2018
Y'all are SUPPOSED to be putting out fake headlines with unreliable sources, not stuff I MIGHT ACTUALLY SEE from "real" news outlets.
— AMANDAMUS (@Sup3rBae) February 2, 2018
Be careful- you are actually starting to act like a credible news source!!!
— Lady Patriot ❤️🇺🇸 (@LuvMyAmerica) February 2, 2018