Iranian News Agency Apologizes For Publishing The Onion’s US Gallup Poll That Said Rural Whites Prefer Iranian President To Obama As Fact
NYTimes – Iran’s Fars News Agency admitted on Sunday that its report, “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad To Obama,” was copied entirely from The Onion, a satirical American publication the editors in Tehran mistook for a news source. An editor at the Iranian agency, which is close to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, said in the long, somewhat grudging apology: “The news item was extracted from the satirical magazine, The Onion, by mistake and it was taken down” from the agency’s English-language Web site within two hours. The unnamed editor went on to argue that the premise of the Onion report — that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is more popular with white, rural Americans than President Obama — might even be accurate, if fictional. “Although it does not justify our mistake,” he said, “we do believe that if a free opinion poll is conducted in the U.S., a majority of Americans would prefer anyone outside the U.S. political system to President Barack Obama.” He also did not acknowledge that there was anything wrong with the agency copying text from other publications without attribution. Large chunks of the apology itself appear to have been copied word-for-word from American news sites.
Unbelievable. No not that Iran plagiarized this article from the Onion. No not that they don’t believe in plagiarism. No not even that they plagiarized their apology to the plagiarized article. It’s the fact they admitted it was fake and they made a mistake at all. Since when does Tehran apologize for anything? Like they will literally hijack an airplane and throw a parade for the guy who did it. And yet they are apologizing to the Onion? Bizarre. What is Iran getting soft or something? Come on Iran be better than this.
PS – What percentage of rednecks do you think would vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Obama? 10%?
Double PS – You know what is a pet peeve of mine. When countries who hate the West use things like twitter and the Internet. Hey if you hate us so much Far News Agency don’t use our shit. Go live in a cave and rant and rave about how sucky we are.