An Iranian news organization thought it had hit pay dirt on Friday morning when it went to press with a story about a supposed Gallup poll in the United States that revealed that rural whites in America would rather have Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over their own President Barack Obama. Only after broadcasting the story to people all over Iran and the Middle East did the FARS News Agency discover that it had actually fallen for a prank. The Gallup poll was actually imaginary and created by the website The Onion which frequently satirizes the news with fake ridiculous but entertaining stories.
The parody report also said that rural white Americans would rather attend a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad as well. Of course, these reports were solely for entertainment purposes, but the Iranians were reporting it as cold, hard news and touting it as a huge victory for American sentiment for Iranians. Iran is trying to imply that the American government’s hard-line stance against them is not necessarily the will of the American people. The only problem is that they don’t seem to have a very good system for fact-checking in place, and they were more than happy to pull the trigger on what would turn out to be a faulty report.
The Onion was ecstatic and touted it as a victory of its own.
It seems that maybe FARS needs to filter through the bullshit. Hopefully, they’ll learn to check things out at Common Sense Conspiracy before they go to press with any more fraudulent news.