Iran’s Official News Agency Cites The Onion As A News Source
Iran’s official news agency has apparently never heard of The Onion, or doesn’t know the meaning of the word satire:
No joke. Iran’s semi-official government news agency on Friday picked up a bogus poll story by The Onion that said a majority of rural white Americans would rather go to a baseball game with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama.
“Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama” reads the article by Iran’s Fars news agency.
The Onion posted its satirical article Monday.
“According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama,” it reads, adding that 77 percent of rural white voters said they “would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad, a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed, than spend time with Obama.”
The guys at The Onion responded about as you’d expect them to:
“The Iranian news agency, Fars, is a subsidiary of The Onion. They have acted as our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s, when the Onion’s publisher, T. Herman Zweibel, founded Fars with the government approval of the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The Onion freely shares content with Fars and commends the journalists at Iran’s Finest News Source on their superb reportage,” Tracy joked.
FARS isn’t the first entity to forget that The Onion isn’t real news. Earlier this year, Congressman John Fleming too to Facebook to speak out against a Planned Parenthood “Abortionplex” without realizing that the story he was linking to was from the satirical newspaper, and there’s blog called Literally Unbelievable that catalogs the people who get fooled on a seemingly daily basis.