Did you hear the one about Fars News Agency (a state-affiliated media outlet of the Islamic regime of Iran) publishing a satirical piece from The Onion as fact?

And that’s not even the funny bit.

The piece they published practically verbatim was about a Gallup Poll finding that rural white Americans prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama: “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama“.


I guess if you believe the al-Mahdi is coming soon, you will believe anything…



  1. This looks like a variation on Poe’s Law:
    It is not possible to write a parody of fundamentalist Christianity that will not be mistaken for its target.

    The first time I wandered into the Landover Baptist Church site, it took me a while to realize that it was a parody. I’ve had too many people tell me some of the same shit in all seriousness. Only extreme concentration of Christian BS at Landover gives it away.

  2. To be fair I am pretty sure that this has happened before. I think it was a Chinese news outlet that republished from the Onion as though it were the real thing. It is still funny though.

  3. Yes, I read it somewhere else in the network here. I frequently find this sort of thing surprising and unsurprising at the same time. (Like, maybe I should be surprised, but I’m not.)

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