FARs Out!

This morning, Iran's FARS News Agency had a shocking headline on its English-language site:

Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer
Ahmadinejad To Obama

This isn't a joke — it's true. Here's a screen cap:

Screen cap of FARS News Agency story

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:

Screen cap of Onion satire story

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:

"Error For Your Request . Not Exist This Story."

Update!

In an amusing twist, then there's this:

Screen cap of Christwire story

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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