Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
Never ones to miss a good excuse to attack the president, right-wing Breitbart News published an article this week accusing the federal government of trying to close the ocean.
The article — which compares President Obama to King Canute and actually contains the sentence “Today, however, our President actually believes he has the power to control the oceans” — is a fairly transparent attempt to replicate the factually challenged trolling that made the site’s namesake famous. As Mother Jones points out, however, this didn’t stop legions of right-wingers from sharing the myth. And while the denizens of #TCOT nation can be excused for believing that President Obama was shutting down the Atlantic, Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) should really know better:
— Rep David Schweikert (@RepDavid) October 5, 2013
The embarrassing swarm of attention eventually led PolitiFact to debunk the rumor, presumably while an exasperated fact-checker second-guessed his career choice.