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Iranian News Agency Fooled by Onion Article

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:33 pm


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?

18 Responses to “Iranian News Agency Fooled by Onion Article”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (ac25bc)

  2. They don’t know what to do without photoshop.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  3. Small wonder the Mossad are running circles around them

    Reaganite Republican (02f748)

  4. That’s what Stench said…

    Gazzer (9305a1)

  5. off topic- Hey mittens hire Col. West to fight your battle. Your campaign staff sucks.

    mg (44de53)

  6. I personally would prefer that neither of them ever be allowed in the USA or at a minimum in the continental USA… But that’s just me. And being with either of them would ruin the beer! But if I was allowed to ask Obama real questions, I would take one for the team and have that beer with him.

    TexasMom2012 (cee89f)

  7. If you sat down for a beer with Ahmadinejad he’d probably start lecturing you about not drinking. Those Muslims are like Southern Babtists that way….

    Pious Agnostic (2c3220)

  8. Uh, be careful where you tread. I hear The Onion is working on a followup piece that says Patterico commenters also prefer the Iranian to Obama.

    Larry Reilly (042899)

  9. Larry – Be honest, you were fooled by the Onion piece.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. It’s too much like Kang and Kodos, daley.

    narciso (ee31f1)

  11. Why is Mawy butthurt over this ?

    JD (b00b22)

  12. 8.Uh, be careful where you tread. I hear The Onion is working on a followup piece that says Patterico commenters also prefer the Iranian to Obama.
    Comment by Larry Reilly — 9/29/2012 @ 6:29 am

    Umm, are you not also a commentator here?

    EPWJ (8a4ca7)

  13. re: #8… damn, it appears the witty barbs emanating from Mawy’s general direction have nearly broken skin. Bactine may have to be employed if this continues much longer.

    Colonel Haiku (52a504)

  14. Well OF COURSE we prefer the Iranian to Obama, Mawry!

    ’cause he’s opposed to gay marriage, too.

    Icy (807cf2)

  15. Depends on who is interpreting the Koran. Fermented from grape or grain excludes raki and slivovitz which are made from plums, apricots, peaches ….

    nk (875f57)

  16. As I say, I can’t find much apart about them, neither could Piers Morgan apparently;

    narciso (ee31f1)

  17. In the meantime, our friends on the left don’t seem to think it’s that big a deal if Iran gets the bomb.

    The realistic Dana (f68855)

  18. Our friends on the left like Gandhi’s advice to England in 1940.

    “In 1938, [Gandhi] had urged the Czechs to use nonviolence against the Germans instead of bullets. He urged German Jews to do the same.” On November 11, 1938, the day after the Kristallnacht, Gandhi wrote that a “calm and determined stand offered by unarmed men and women” would turn their “winter of desire” into “a summer of hope.” Gandhi believed that such an approach would “score a lasting victory over the German gentiles, in the sense that they will have converted the latter to an appreciation of human dignity.”

    When Churchill remonstrated, Gandhi replied, “So you will all be defeated and killed. Still, you will have the moral satisfaction of non-violence.”

    The left is unconcerned about Israel and have grown more attune to the Arabs, even though most of them would not survive a week in an Arab culture.

    Mike K (326cba)

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