Add Iran’s news agency to the long list of those hoodwinked by the satire of The Onion.
Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency published a story Friday claiming that a Gallup poll found that rural white Americans prefer Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over President Barack Obama.
Such a poll would indeed be big news in Iran (and the United States) — if it were true.
But the source was The Onion, the publication that presents the outlandish as real news.
The Onion article is a riot:
“I like him better,” said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad, a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed, than spend time with Obama. “He takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.” According to the same Gallup poll, 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim.
The best part is their update at the end:
For more on this story: Please visit our Iranian subsidiary organization, Fars.
P.S. It’s a good thing nobody in the United States press ever gets fooled by satire.
Or . . . do they?