by Pejman Yousefzadeh on September 30, 2012

Just . . . unreal:

The semi-official Iranian news agency FNA has just published this news item: “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama.” But of course they do! Here’s their complete text:

Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama

TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.

“I like him better,” said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Ahmadinejad than spend time with Obama.

“He takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.”

According to the same Gallup poll, 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim.

Needless to say, the news are not real. Rural whites don’t prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama (or so I hope!) and there was no Gallup poll.

The FNA copied the news verbatim from an article published in The Onion. Of course, every news article published by The Onion is fake.

And yet, none of this should surprise anyone:

Maziar Bahari is free, finally, after 118 days in an Iranian prison, on trumped-up charges of being a spy for the Mossad, CIA, MI6, and Newsweek — charges that were leveled at him, he says, specifically to fit him into the false narrative being spun by Iran’s leadership to its people following the post-election uprising last June. Bahari recounted the experience in minute, fascinating detail in Newsweek last week, and has subsequently appeared on 60 MinutesCharlie Roseand, last night, the Daily Show. Only one of those shows were to blame for his incarceration.

Yes, incredibly, Bahari’s participation in the Daily Show‘s spoofy special reports from Iran last June were specifically held up by Bahari’s captors as evidence of his spying activities. Which made Bahari’s visit with Jon Stewart last night extra-interesting (or, return to the scene of the non-crime, if you will), especially in the opening: “You were imprisoned in Iran…” “Yes. Because of you.”

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I keep saying and writing that the Iranian people deserve so much better than the regime and political leadership class they are currently stuck with.

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