Last week, State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who also is head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, tweeted a link to a story in which Gov. Bobby Jindal supposedly said the Confederate flag was "a symbol of my heritage."
The problem? It was a fake article from a parody website — one that also included a prominent "news report" about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker challenging the U.S. Supreme Court Justices to a fistfight.
Peterson later tweeted she knew it was satire all along, but only after Jindal communications director Kyle Plotkin mocked her. She wasn't alone. CNN's Mark Lamont Hill and The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates both passed along the story as truthful and later recanted it.
Lesson: Not everything on the Internet is true, as U.S. Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, found out a few years ago. He was mocked after he drew attention to a story from The Onion which claimed Planned Parenthood was opening an "abortionplex" with restaurants, nightclubs and a 10-screen movie theater.