Freelance Journo Says He’s “a Bit of an Asshole”


By Betsy Rothstein 

The AtlanticWire’s Max Fisher is reporting that a Washington, D.C.-based freelance journo, Charles Davis, has punk’d Iranian State TV.

Fisher writes: Davis framed the post as a fake news account with the headline, “EXCLUSIVE: Obama Orders Air Strikes on Guantanamo Bay.”

After Iranian TV took the bate, Davis wrote on his personal blog:

“Being a bit of an asshole, I of course responded by sending my Google Voice number. About five minutes later I received a call from ‘Sarah’ in Tehran, who conducted a fact check of my piece consisting of the question: ‘Is it credible?’ Again, being a bit of an asshole, I assured her my sources were second-to-none and that the credibility of the piece was not in doubt, prompting her to invite me to appear on *LIVE* television in an hour. I naturally accepted.”

The name of Davis’s personal blog alludes to his capabilities of writing stories that may not be true.

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