This morning, Iran's FARS News Agency had a shocking headline on its English-language site:
Ahmadinejad To Obama
This isn't a joke — it's true. Here's a screen cap:
The lead paragraph, if you can't read that:
TEHRAN (FNA) — According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.
Other tidbits include a quote from a 77-year-old who would "rather go to a baseball game" with Ahmadinejad than Obama, and "60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn't try to hide the fact that he's Muslim."
Where did FNA get such a juicy scoop? Right here:
Yep, The Onion. Apparently the news professionals at FARS didn't know the difference between an actual news story and biting satire. But then, a lot of rural white Americans don't either!
FNA has since removed the story — the link now displays the message:
In an amusing twist, then there's this:
Christwire is a parody site. So now we have a parody of a news story based on satire. Full circle.
Posted September 28, 2012
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