Duffel Blog

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Duffel Blog
Duffel Blog icon logo.png
Type US military parody news organization
Format Digital
Founder(s) Paul Szoldra
Editor-in-chief Paul Szoldra
Staff writers Various
Founded 2012
Website duffelblog.com

Duffel Blog is an American military news satire organization featuring satirical articles reporting on national security and US military topics. It is often described as "the military version of The Onion."[1] It was founded in March 2012 by Marine veteran Paul Szoldra, originally as a way to drive web traffic to the now defunct website CollegeVeteran.com.[2]

It eventually branched out and became its own entertainment website. The site enjoys a large following among civilians, veterans, and servicemen alike.[3] The blog has nearly 250,000 fans on Facebook and about 20,000 Twitter followers.[2][3]

Among their spoof articles is one suggesting a speech by the commanding general of Fort Benning resulted in a deadly riot, and another that said uncounted military absentee ballots would have resulted in Mitt Romney winning the 2012 US Presidential Election.[4][5] In November 2012, the site launched an online petition to the White House to lift the services’ bans on hands in pockets.[6]

Yet another article, about Guantanamo detainees getting GI Bill benefits, resulted in a formal inquiry by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.[1] The letter from McConnell's office to the Pentagon leaked in 2013, generating national headlines and subjecting the senator to mockery on cable news.[7]

The website counts retired Marine General James Mattis, the subject of several Duffel Blog posts, as a fan.[8][9] It has also received praise from former Pentagon spokesman George E. Little, various national security journalists, and Scott Dikkers, the founding editor of The Onion.[10]

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  1. ^ a b Ackerman, Spencer (19 February 2013). "Senate Minority Leader Fooled by Report in Military Version of The Onion". Wired.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Douglas Stanglin (2012-08-15). "The Duffel Blog's fake military news hits the spot". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Szoldra, a 28-year-old college senior, says regular contributors include about 20 volunteer writers described as "disgruntled Marines, annoyed Army guys and sickened sailors." 
  3. ^ a b "Satirical military news site fools some readers". Army Times. 2012-08-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. 
  4. ^ "General's Controversial Graduation Speech". David Mikkelson. Snopes.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Military Absentee Ballots". Politics | Satire. Snopes.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Harkins, Gina (25 November 2012). "Petition asks Obama to OK hands in pockets". Marine Corps Times. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mitch McConnell gets punk'd by fake national security blog". Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  8. ^ Harkins, Gina (11 May 2013). "Duffel Blog: Don't get it? He doesn't care | Army Times". armytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  9. ^ Londono, Ernesto, "Duffel Blog makes fun of military absurdities — and has the Pentagon laughing, too", Washington Post, 8 December 2013; retrieved 9 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Press - Duffel Blog". Duffelblog.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 

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