You know what’s better than a skilled military sniper picking off a record number of terrorists in just a couple of minutes? Catching a skilled military sniper picking off a record number of terrorists in just a couple of minutes … and getting it all on tape. Then putting it on YouTube.
That’s what Iranian state television recently purported when they aired the following video on their broadcast, saying that it was firsthand footage of a “Hezbollah sniper” killing six ISIS fighters in under two minutes.
Check it out for yourself:
There’s one problem, however. The footage … isn’t real. The whole thing is a hoax. It’s actually taken from a video game called “Medal of Honor”.
This from Factually:
According to the French news outlet France 24 the footage has been airing on TV in Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s also being spread around the internetwith headlines like, “Six Daesh combatants are killed in 2 minutes by a Hezbollah sniper.”
One Iranian news agency even added a little color to their reporting, claiming that the sniper was using an Arash gun, which is manufactured in Iran. Given that it was video game footage produced by EA Games, this “gun” was probably manufactured of ones and zeroes in Los Angeles.
The footage is practically identical to this gameplay footage someone posted to YouTube in 2012.
Ignorance is bliss. Especially in Iran, where bliss isn’t exactly a hot commodity.
Perhaps, one day, the Iranians will get a real version of the aforementioned scenario, and in better resolution. That could’ve been the Loch Ness Monster in that grainy footage. Make it sharper or go home (and play video games).