Iran's news agency portrays satirical Onion story as its own
CNN / Tricia Escobedo and Shirzad Bozorgmehr
30-Sep-2012 (one comment)

(CNN) -- Add Iran's news agency to the long list of those hoodwinked by the satire of The Onion.

Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency published a story Friday claiming that a Gallup poll found that rural white Americans prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over President Barack Obama.

Such a poll would indeed be big news in Iran (and the United States) -- if it were true.

But the source was The Onion, the publication that presents the outlandish as real news.

Its serious tone fools many who are new to the lampoons. Onion yarns have tricked news outlets in the U.S. and overseas.

Anonymous Observer

What a Bunch of Desperate Liars!

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This should not come as a surpsrise though, as ALL the news reported by various IR "news agencies" could be categorized as comedy.