The Onion Tweets: 'Screams And Gunfire' At Capitol Hill

09/29/2011 12:25 pm ET | Updated Nov 29, 2011
  • JOHN BRESNAHAN | 9/29/11 11:55 AM EDT politico.com

U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a series of Twitter postings from The Onion, the well-known fake news site, which posted several bogus tweets about a shooting inside the Capitol and lawmakers taking children hostages.

Beginning on Thursday morning, several messages on The Onion's Twitter account reported "screams and gunfire inside the Capitol building. A "group of armed congressmen" was holding 12 children hostage, and a "police helicopter [was] just ordered to pull back after Rep. Trent Franks [R-Ariz.] tried to take it down with a shotgun."

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