Iranian agency picks up Onion story as fact
CHICAGO – A joke by the satirical newspaper The Onion appears to have gotten lost in translation.
An Iranian news agency picked up – as fact – a story from the paper about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Barack Obama. But it was made up, like everything in the just-for-laughs newspaper, which is headquartered in Chicago.
The English-language service of Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency republished the story Friday, several days after it appeared in The Onion.
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