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Iran - Newspaper Duped by Fake Onion Story: 'Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad To Obama'

Published on: September 29, 2012 09:27 PM
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Iran - A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation.

An Iranian news agency has picked up as fact a story from the paper about a supposed survey showing a majority of white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd) than President Barack Obama. The only trouble is it was made up, like everything in the just-for-laughs newspaper, which is headquartered in the comedic capital Chicago.

The English-language service of Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency republished the story Friday, several days after it appeared in The Onion.

The Iranian version is copied word-for-word from the original. It leaves out only The Onion’s description of Ahmadinejad as “a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed.”

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 Sep 29, 2012 at 09:34 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

Reminds me of the nuclear weapons plans the US military found in a cave in Bora Bora. After much panick but a lot or analysis, it turned out they were taken from a fake paper in the Journal of Improbable Results, which the gullable Yishmaelim took seriously.

One can only hope that Mr. Achmadinnerjacket has the same nuclear weapons plans.


 Sep 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM yaakov doe Says:

I'm sure Ahmadinejad was elated by the news and probably beleived it. He is after all living in a fantasy world.


 Sep 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Achmadinijad remains popular among the rats and the rodents.


 Sep 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

FARS isn't the first to be taken in by Onion stories. Won't be the last.


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