Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Worst Correction Of The Day

FARS news, an Iranian semi-official news agency ran a story last week of a poll showing that more Americans supported Ahmadinjad, than Obama. The problem was that it was an Onion spoof. Fair enough. This however was their apology -

"Unfortunately an incorrect item was released on our website on Friday which included a fake opinion poll on popularity rate of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and US President Barack Obama. The news item was extracted from the Satirical Magazine, The Onion, by mistake and it was taken down from our outlook in less two hours," Editor-in-chief of FNA's English Service said. 

"We offer our formal apologies for that mistake," he added. 

"FNA makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of its reports, however very occasionally mistakes do happen," he said. 

Until here I had no quelms. However, it continues -

"Although it does not justify our mistake, we do believe that if a free opinion poll is conducted in the US, a majority of Americans would prefer anyone outside the US political system to President Barack Obama and American statesmen," he added. 

Ahhh. Well, that clarifies your position.

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