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Friday, September 28, 2012

Iran Digs 'Onion'

Hysterical, and trust me, this is about The Onion not from The Onion:  Leading Iranian News Agency, FARS, has reprinted, or rather plagiarized,  an Onion piece as fact, and you'll love the headline:  "Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama."  And they carried it for a time as the 3rd most important story of the day on their site. They even tweeted the headline with link.

Article opens:
“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 U.S. president Barack Obama.”
The second sentence of the Fars report, however, changed the phrase “have a beer with Ahmadinejad,” to “have a drink with Ahmadinejad,” and entirely omitted The Onion’s description of the Iranian president as “a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed.”
“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.

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