The Onion fools Iran’s news agency

FNA-onion2It’s easy to get fooled by the Onion News Network, just ask Congress.

The latest to not fathom satire is Iran’s top-notch news agency.

According to David Kenner, an associate editor with Foreign Policy Magazine, “Iran’s Fars News thinks Onion article, ‘Gallup: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama,’ was real.”

The Onion, as almost everyone that does not work at FNA knows, makes up stuff. Usually, it is funny stuff.

The Onion’s original article is liberally quoted in the Iranian report, including this zinger from an alleged West Virginia voter: “[Ahmadinejad] takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.”

Business Insider provides a screenshot of the FNA article.

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6 comments Add your comment


September 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

maybe you think Fars news agency thinking of reality of article was real? they were just joking. :D


September 28th, 2012
8:20 pm

@ABC: yes they were joking; but themselves! from when do news sites joke with people?!!!!!!!


September 28th, 2012
8:43 pm

and if they were joking they wouldn’t remove the link! :p

ragnar danneskjold

September 29th, 2012
12:41 pm

Of course they thought it was real – how would FNA distinguish its government’s press releases from Onion articles?

ragnar danneskjold

September 29th, 2012
12:42 pm

And the American democrats have been saying essentially the same thing for four years now.


October 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

If you wait a week, the Onion articles usually turn out to be true. The Onion writers are picking up their insights from a parallel universe.