News You Really Need To See: “Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel”

“Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel”

The Independent, July 22, 2015

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-nuclear-deal-satirical-website-the-onion-accidentally-breaks-story-about-the-us-offering-missiles-to-israel-10404684.html

A satirical website has accidentally broken a real news story – by revealing that America offered Israel ‘a nice, big shipment’ of weapons to try and salve its anger at the Iran nuclear deal.  A spoof news story on The Onion, headlined ‘US Soothes Upset Netanyahu With Shipment Of Ballistic Missiles’, appeared 24 hours before reports emerged that this had actually happened in real life.  Israeli newspaper Haaretz noted the similarity to its own story, published the following day, which carried the headline, ‘After Iran deal, Obama offers military upgrade to help Israel swallow bitter Iranian deal’. … Later, Haaretz graciously admitted in a blog post that: ‘There’s no other way around it: the fake newspaper broke the story.’  Barack Obama had offered Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ‘immediate talks to upgrade the Israel Defense Forces’ offensive and defensive capabilities’, the paper reported last week.  The only difference between spoof and reality was that Mr Netanyahu (in reality) initially didn’t respond to the offer and later rejected it. – the second time he had turned down such a proposal – ‘believing that any kind of reciprocal deal would be construed as Israel having come to terms with the Iran nuclear deal’.”

Quickie analysis:  In general, if one’s foreign policy is anticipated in the form of satire of said foreign policy, one should probably make some adjustments.

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