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Oct 02 2012

They will believe anything

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“.

Seriously?

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

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    “rural white Americans prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”
    I actually don’t find that too unbelievable, course I do live in Texas.

  2. 2
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    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.)

  3. 3
    phil zombi

    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.

  4. 4
    Steve R

    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.

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