Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) asked Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to respond to right-wing conspiracy theories about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) buying mass quantities of bullets to use against gun-owning Americans.
During a House hearing today, Rep. Duncan called the right-wing news aggregator DrudgeReport.com one of the "reputable news sources" to support his claim about the DHS, reports ThinkProgress.org.
"When Forbes Magazine or Drudge or some reputable news sources start to repeat the numbers [of bullets bought by DHS], the numbers cease to become Internet rumors and they start having some credibility," said Rep. Duncan.
"I just ask, why was there a long delay or silence from the DHS for a period of time — almost three months — before you all came forward saying these numbers aren’t correct; these are the actual facts? Why was there a delay or silence from your department?"
However, there was no delay as Rep. Duncan claims. The DHS explained the bullet-buying back in February, reported the Associated Press, but the DrudgeReport.com continues to link to conspiracy theories.
"Well I don’t know about that, that there was that kind of delay, but I will tell you we found it so inherently unbelievable that those statements would be made it was hard to ascribe credibility to them," said Napolitano. " I don’t know if I’d put Forbes and Drudge in the same sentence."
Matt Drudge of the DrudgeReport.com often derisively calls Napolitano "Big Sis" and links to wild conspiracy theories from Alex Jones' websites InfoWars.com and PrisonPlanet.com.
ThinkProgress.org notes: "Last year, Drudge prominently featured at least 10 bogus stories, often racial attacks against Obama, that other media outlets dutifully picked up."