Iran's state media has fallen for a made-up poll from a satirical US website claiming that a majority of rural white Americans would vote for Iranian
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Barack Obama.
Fars News Agency, a semi-official mouth piece of the Iranian regime, earnestly published a word-for-word duplicate of an article from the Onion,
a spoof news organisation based in Chicago.
The satirical article cited a fake Gallup poll which found that 77 per cent of white, rural voters would rather go to a baseball game or have a beer
with Mr Ahmadinejad than with the US president.
It went on to cite a made-up West Virginian named Dale Swiderski, who said that he preferred the Iranian to Mr Obama because: "He takes national
defense seriously, and he'd never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does."
To be fair, the Irnanians are not the first foreign news agency to miss the sarcasm of the 'the onion'.
Many news organisations have fallen victim to the Onion's mock-serious news style. In 2004, a Beijing paper reported on an Onion piece which
claimed that members of Congress were threatening to move out of Washington unless their lavatories were upgraded.
LOL, made me smile.. have had a few beers with Muslims in the ME (although they drank soft drinks) and certainly would prefer to have a beer with
Ahmadinejad than Obama.. certainly would be an interesting conversation.
As for falling for these stories, I feel for them, I fell for a BBC spoof news on the Radio, the news reader reported that France was giving up the
Euro and moving to Stirling.. which I faithfully reported to anyone that would listen, and I nearly died of shame at my own gullibility later when I
realised I'd been scammed by the Beeb...
I did however really hope their breaking news that they'd found a colony of flying penguins was real... I know a lot of people who fell for that one..
edit on 29/9/12 by thoughtsfull because: (no reason given)
That's a really funny video. Pretty, but awfully goofy all the same. So people fell for that one, huh?
Lady Cottington's Fairy Album was taken seriously at one point too. I thought shameless gullibility was a characteristic of the far past. "This is
the 21st Century now!" and all that...
Originally posted by JimmyJagov
I'd goof on them-except I also was once burned by an Onion article. I'd tell you about except I'm too embarrassed.
Now we HAVE to know
I remember the first time I stumbled on to an onion article. I can't remember what it was about, but I fell for it too...Then after having a look
around the site finally caught on that it was just a satirical/joke news site.
That said, I wonder how many people in Iran are currently taking the article seriously and I wonder what those who took it seriously were thinking....
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