FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The city of Fort Collins says congresswoman, and former presidential candidate, Michelle Bachmann was not arrested in Fort Collins this week.
A rumor circulating on the internet Wednesday forced the city to issue a statement about the non-arrest.
"On the record, those internet rumors about Congresswoman Michele Bachmann being arrested for DUI in Fort Collins are NOT true," the city of Fort Collins tweeted with the hashtag fcpolice.
A satire news site called Newslo published a story that said Bachmann was arrested early Tuesday morning in Fort Collins, after allegedly running a red light and failing "multiple sobriety tests." The article claimed Bachmann spent the holidays with family in Colorado and decided to "indulge in cannabis consumption."
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"She was not even in Fort Collins. It’s not true," Bachmann’s spokesman, Dan Kotman, told the Ft Collins Coloradoan.
Newslo says it is a news and satire site. "Readers come to us for a unique brand of entertainment and information that is enhanced by features like our fact-button, which allows readers to find what is fact and what is satire."
When you hit the "facts" button on the Bachman story, the only part that comes up as fact is that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Colorado and that when Bachman was asked about legalizing marijuana in 2011, she said she didn't know "if that’s something the federal government can weigh in on or not. I don’t know. I agree with state’s rights too, but I’m not sure if that’s something that has federal implications or not. I haven’t thought it through."
There have been several fake news stories on satire websites since recreational marijuana sales began on January 1 on Colorado. One story claimed 37 people died from marijuana overdoses on Jan 1 and quoted a doctor who was actually a character on the TV show, "Lost." A second story claimed federal agents had raided a medical marijuana shop without a warrant, it was not true.