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Duffel Blog
Type US military Parody news organization
Format Digital
Editor Paul Szoldra
Founded 2012
Website duffelblog.com

The Duffel Blog is an American military news satire organization featuring satirical articles reporting on US military news. 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 his 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 more than 95,000 fans on Facebook and about 3,000 Twitter followers.[2][3]

Among their spoof articles are one that suggested 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, about Guantanamo detainees getting GI Bill benefits, resulted in a formal inquiry by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.[1] The website counts Marine General James Mattis, the subject of several DuffleBlog posts, as a fan.[7][8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ackerman, Spencer (19 February 2013). "Senate Minority Leader Fooled by Report in Military Version of The Onion". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wired.com%2Fdangerroom%2F2013%2F02%2Fincompatible-comms-stealth%2F&date=2013-02-21. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.usatoday.com%2Fcommunities%2Fondeadline%2Fpost%2F2012%2F08%2Fthe-duffel-blogs-fake-military-news-hits-the-spot%2F1%23.USZLiTdNm72&date=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. 3.0 3.1 "Satirical military news site fools some readers". Army Times. 2012-08-14. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.armytimes.com%2Fnews%2F2012%2F08%2Farmy-fake-military-news-site-the-duffel-blog-fools-readers-081412%2F&date=2013-02-21. 
  4. "General's Controversial Graduation Speech". Politics | Satire. Snopes.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.snopes.com%2Fpolitics%2Fsatire%2Fbrownspeech.asp&date=2013-02-21. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. "Military Absentee Ballots". Politics | Satire. Snopes.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.snopes.com%2Fpolitics%2Fsatire%2Fabsentee.asp&date=2013-02-21. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  6. Harkins, Gina (25 November 2012). "Petition asks Obama to OK hands in pockets". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marinecorpstimes.com%2Fprime%2F2012%2F11%2FPRIME-air-force-hands-in-pocket-petition-112512w%2F&date=2013-02-21. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  7. Harkins, Gina (11 May 2013). "Duffel Blog: Don't get it? He doesn't care | Army Times". armytimes.com. http://www.armytimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013305110004. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  8. Londono, Ernesto, "Duffel Blog makes fun of military absurdities — and has the Pentagon laughing, too", Washington Post, 8 December 2013; retrieved 9 December 2013.

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