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DFL condemns Minnesota representative's 'fake news' civics lesson

Updated: October 31, 2019 04:59 PM

The chairman of the Minnesota DFL on Thursday condemned a state representative who dressed as a "fake news reporter" for Halloween.

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Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, wore the costume while hosting a mock debate for a class of sixth graders.

Ken Martin, Chairman of the Minnesota DFL, released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

"It is crucial that we teach young Minnesotans about the importance of democracy, and part of those lessons must include the role a free and independent press plays in educating the American electorate and holding our leaders accountable.
"Indoctrinating schoolchildren in the far-right conspiracy theory that our press regularly publishes 'fake' news is not only wrong, it's dangerous. By attacking the press before a class of 6th graders, Rep. Jeremy Munson has done a serious disservice to the children of St. Clair Elementary School.
"Munson's stunt was beneath the dignity of his office and he owes an apology to the students and parents of St. Clair Elementary School, to his constituents, and to his colleagues in the Minnesota House of Representatives."

Munson's office issued this statement following Martin's criticism: 

"DFL Chairman Ken Martin failed to realize that today is Halloween. All across the country people dress up in funny or scary outfits. We host groups at the capitol all year and, since today was Halloween, we had a Halloween theme for a student group. As a part of the holiday, I dressed up in a fun, light-hearted Halloween costume which pokes fun at "Fake News.
"Mr. Martin did not like my costume, because it didn't align with his political views. After the group presentation I went down to the capitol media corridor and the reporters saw the humor in it. It's unfortunate that people have to tip-toe around Halloween for fear of retribution. I guess DFLers can't even have fun on Halloween; they are too infatuated with political correctness. Sadly, Ken Martin has demonstrated he lacks any sense of humor. That is the really scary part of this whole story. Happy Halloween, everyone!" 

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