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Don’t Believe Everything On The (Iranian) Internet
Just a quick little case study. Somebody sent me a link to this article in my mail:
Trump: CIA Officers Helped Turkey Coup Attempt, Evidence Available
TEHRAN (FNA)- Donald Trump, US Republican presidential candidate, claims in his new tweet that he has evidence that CIA officers helped in Turkey’s attempted coup. It is probably make a new turmoil amid the heated presidential race between him and the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
In two consecutive tweets posted on his official Twitter page trump said he obtained evidence that will prove 13 high-ranking CIA officers helped in Turkey’s “Failed Coup” and that Obama’s “failed leadership” caused this “stupid mistake” witch put USA interest in Middle East at risk. He also repeated his adversarial word against his rival Hillary Clinton by comparing her possible presidency with Obama’s “third term” If he were supposed to stay one more term in the presidential seat, awdnews reported.
It includes a Politico screenshot even though they cut off the masthead):
Only problem? It’s completely made up.
The author of the piece has obviously denounced it:
There is no article on Politico with that title:
The quoted tweets from Donald Trump Are from 10:10 and 10:09 PM August 15, 2016 simply don’t exits. Check this search of Twitter (screenshot alongside) if you don’t believe me.
So Iran’s Fars “news agency” are making stuff up or spreading made up stuff. Remember the time they republished the Onion? No big surprise to some of the readership here, I’m sure, but to the rest of the world inclined to hate Trump, this link will float around causing mischief in the world.