Satirical Onion Article Accidentally Predicts Actual News Headline

July 22, 2015   |   Carey Wedler

Carey Wedler
July 22, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) The Onion is both notorious and beloved for its painfully accurate satire. “CIA Realizes It’s Been Using Black Highlighter All These Years,” and “U.S. Flag Recalled After Causing 143 Million Deaths” are popular examples of the Onion’s knack for humorously pointing out political corruption and tragedy. Last week, however, the Onion predicted an actual headline, preempting a real development regarding Iran and its relations with the West.

Following agreement on Obama’s much-anticipated deal to reduce Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for lifted sanctions (that the president himself originally promoted and imposed), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was publicly incensed. In predictable jest, The Onion published an article last Tuesday—as the deal was reached—titled, “U.S. Soothes Upset Netanyahu With Shipment Of Ballistic Missiles.” It joked that to pacify the saber-rattling leader, Obama sent him a special shipment of weapons—mocking the United States’ sizable contributions to its favorite ally in the region.

Bibi always gets a little cranky when he sees us talking to Iran, but a few dozen short-range surface-to-surface missiles usually cheer him right up,” the Onion joked a State Department official said. “Of course, we try not to spoil him by giving him a whole new tactical ballistics delivery system every single time he throws a fit, but our guy’s pretty good at getting his way. At least we’ll have a couple months of peace and quiet around here.

The very next day, Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a real story called “After Vienna accord, Obama offers military upgrade to help Israel swallow bitter Iranian deal.”

Though Netanyahu ultimately rejected the offer—likely out of spite over his public disdain for the deal (compounded with the fact that the United States has already extensively enabled the nation’s arsenal)—the Onion article was dangerously close to reality. This coincidence is a reflection of the dangerous relationship between the United States and Israel. Israeli interests dominate Congress with lobbyist funds and political pressure, leading politicians across the board to universally endorse Israel and defend its actions in spite of the country’s repeated human rights violations.

The Onion article was not only predictive, but reminiscent of other occasions. Last summer, Obama criticized Netanyahu’s Operation Protective Edge for its brazen targeting of civilians. The United States continued to provide material support to Israel, however, ultimately rendering the president’s objections hollow. In spite of continued weapons supplies, Netanyahu shamed Obama for failing to support Israel enough.

Fittingly, the Onion article concluded that the State Department spokesperson said “…the U.S. was saving its shipment of missile defense system components in case Netanyahu got worked up during Israel-Palestine peace negotiations later this year.”

Netanyahu has howled about the dangers of a nuclear Iran for years, repeatedly crying wolf with little evidence to substantiate his claims. His objection to the Iran deal—a vital move to avoid further conflict in the region—was the Israeli prime minister’s latest tantrum against diplomacy.

The Onion’s prescient observation highlights a world so absurd, extreme, and hypocritical that satire and comedy are more truthful than the politicians and corporate media that attempt to mold reality.

As Haaretz tweeted alongside its acknowledgment of the Onion’s accuracy, “When The Onion is the most reliable news source about your country, you know you’re a mess.”


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Carey Wedler joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in September of 2014. Her topics of interest include the police and warfare states, the Drug War, the relevance of history to current problems and solutions, and positive developments that drive humanity forward. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she was born and raised.

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  1. Are you aware Iran frequently harps upon their desire to wipe Israel off the earth? That's why Netanyahu throws fits. If Putin wanted to wipe the U.S. Off the earth and said so idk weekly, the dude would have a gun down his throat long before busch league journalists could even blink.

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  2. Does "Iran" have a last name? Hey, I know what. Let's just start bombing hordes of civilians. That'll do her.

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  3. Heres a great idea. How about we all as human beings, around the world, stop using guns and rockets and missiles and what not? Honestly! I mean what happened to the good old fashioned "Hack his fucking head off with an axe" or "shank the bastard in the eye with a spear"? Really, it all boils down to the fact that we are now too weak as people to (literally not figuratively) get some damn blood on our hands. I say let politicians whine and squabble, our buddy Benny out in Israel has been pissing and moaning about an "Imminent Threat of Attack" for some time now (years really) and nothing has happened. Imagine that. Sometimes, Cody Pike, you just have to accept the fact that people are full of hot air and need to blow it out their ass, dude.

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  4. Iran has never said they're going to wipe Israel off the earth, that's just pro-israeli propaganda. They've mentioned that they hope that the zionist regime in israel will disappear one day.

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  5. There are nutty people in Iran that sometimes speak when cameras are around. We have that here too.
    Do proclamations from Sean Hannity or Allen West or Ann Coulter equal the desires of America?

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  6. You idiot. Stop getting your info from news. You're way behind the times man.

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  7. are you aware that israel ACTUALLY HAS the nuclear weapons that everybody says is a mortal threat to middle eastern peace?

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  8. are you aware that israel ACTUALLY HAS the nuclear weapons that everybody says is a mortal threat to middle eastern peace?

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  9. For the record, Israel has been at war with everyone since long before 1948
    The World Jewish Congress declared war against Germany in 1933, and the Jews were internedm in labour camps!
    In 1933 there were approx 15,500,000 Jews worldwide. In 1948 there were 17,000,000 Jews! Go figure it out for yourself!
    Israel has been responsible for more terrorist attacks than anyone else, including the King David Hotel, USS Liberty, 9/11 in New York, 7/7 in London, Okl;ahoma City, etc. I am not going to give links, so you can look up the facts!
    On the other hand, Persia/Iran has not declared war against anyone for over 300 years!
    ISIS is bought, trained and equipped by the USA, Israel and the Saudi Salafists, so who is undermining and lying to whom?

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  10. Believing in a higher power is OK I don'tmyself but understand why the sheep follows its sShepardbut when u used ur flawed religion an believe me they are all flawed as an excuse to murder people just cause tthey're ideology is different well I believe if there is a hell l ur gods are sending u there sorry so sloppy

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  11. nah noone attacks a nuclear power directly, why do you think isreal gets away with what it dose even if you colapse a nuclear power you get a pile of broken arrows and noone wants nukes in private hands, thats why isreal is so against iran geting nukes because they would join the untouchables club look at north korea how often are they threatened with invasion anymore?

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  12. That statement works perfectly well in another situation where a certain religion and belief lead people to steal a country that's not theirs 60 years ago. Just last year they murdered tens of thousands of civilians. Some where innocent little boys playing football on the beach. Sounds familiar?

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  13. Ten of thousands ?? Do you even read the news Samar ? Or you also so blindedly led very much like you extremist muslim brothers?

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  14. Felt like tens of thousands… So a couple of thousand. I'm Christian by the way. My point of that post was not to blame religion when politics is the main issue.

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  15. Cody Pike: "Are you aware Iran frequently harps upon their desire to wipe Israel off the earth?" — yeah, harping upon desire is a crime. i harp upon my desire to fvck beautiful women and be rich beyond belief. must make me a rapist thief or playboy CEO…

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  16. AND ISRAEL FREQUENTLY HARPS AND ATTEMPTS TO WIPE PALESTINE AWAY.. WHO IS PUTTING GUNS TO THE ISARELIES TO STOP THIS? Cody you fucking hypocrite shut up and educate yourself. Isarel has been slaughtering Palestine for ages and countries are to afraid to tell them to stop.. You think what Iran would do to Isreal In one attempt Is as bad as the long generation of slaughter to families and children by Israel to Palestine. Israel can cry all It wants.. If the Israel people really were human beings they would be against the slaughter of Palestine by the IDF but allot of them support It. Some do go against It but It's would be hard to find.. So yeah. Why does Israel get to cry like a little baby when Palestine has been crying and screaming and bleeding blood for generations hoping for SOMEONE TO SAVE THEM. Iran can threaten Israel as much as It want.. North Korea does this to the United States loads.. I see NO GUNS BEING POINTED AT KOREA? You just a dumb American who Is brainwashed and needs to fucking get a life. I pitty your knowledge cause you have nothing Interesting to actualy talk about or give an opinion to. Sad Sad Freak you are. hahahaha

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