This gem of an article was spotted on today’s Global Times paper edition, citing Iran’s Fars, a ‘semiofficial’ news agency snidely dubbed ‘False’ for its less-than-stellar reporting reputation.
To sum it up, the original Fars report essentially claims that US policies have been guided by an “extraterrestrial intelligence agenda” since 1945.
Without having to delve to deeply into its absurdity, the Fars news story was topped off with this specially crafted graphic featuring Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler and a few extraterrestrial beings floating in front of an American flag.
Whoop, there it is!
And not unlike our friends at the Global Times, Fars has been known in the past to run stories based on questionable or otherwise completely fake news sources, according to RFEFL:
In September, Fars published “news” that a Gallup poll found that rural white Americans preferred Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Barack Obama.
The origin of the poll was the satirical website “The Onion,” but Fars posted it as hard news without crediting the source. The agency later acknowledged its “mistake.”
Following Fars’s widely reported error, “The Onion” referred to the hard-line news agency as “our Iranian subsidiary.”
Previously in the Global Times:
Global Times publishes brilliantly wrong-headed editorial defending ‘rumor-monger’ crackdown
Global Times wants to help you be a ‘successful drunk’
Global Times profile tries to make Maoist educator not look crazed, alone
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