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Iranian News Agency Reports Fake Onion Article as Real News

FARS publishes article claiming that Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Ahmadinejad instead of Obama

By: David Shear
Published: September 28th, 2012 in News » World
Iranian President Ahmadinejad is apparently more popular in the U.S. than President Obama, at least according to the Iranian News Agency

One of the main principals in journalism is verification of sources. Most journalists seek out a minimum of two reliable sources before printing a story, unless of course you’re the Iranian News Agency FARS, in which case The Onion is apparently a reliable news source.

Earlier today, The Onion, the world’s greatest fake news agency, published an article about how a Gallup poll released on Monday showed that an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama.

As is often the case, The Onion article is hilarious. As is often not the case, it was taken as truth by FARS and published as such.

In an article which has since been removed from the FARS feed, but can be seen below, the news agency reported that 77% of rural white US voters said they’d rather have a beer or go to a baseball game with the Holocaust denying, anti-Semitic Iranian president rather than their own president.

"I like him better," Fars reported West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski as saying. "He takes national defense seriously, and he'd never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does."

FARS also reported that according to the same Gallup poll, 60% of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn't try to hide the fact that he's Muslim.

Soon after FARS realized the mistake they took the article down. How such a reputable news source could make this mistake is unthinkable, but then again, this is the same news source that published the stories about the Mossad training sharks, about Jews being responsible for the world drug trade, and how the West is responsible for the lack of rain in Iran. On second thought, it seems that FARS is actually the Middle East’s version of The Onion.

Related articles: Iran, America, The Onion, FARS, Iranian News Agency, Obama, Ahmadinejad
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