Posted 29 September 2012 - 00:49
Iranian news agency duped by Onion story on Obama poll
Iran's leading news agency published a mock poll that claimed rural whites in the U.S. favored Iranian
leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over president Barack Obama.
The mock poll was originally published on a popular U.S. media site, The Onion.
The FARS news agency—which touts itself as Iran's leading independent news agency while others
note its ties to government—published much of the made-up poll that first appeared in the U.S. parody
The Onion site quoted a fictitious Gallup Poll that noted "77 percent of rural Caucasian voters...would
much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad...than spend time with Obama."
FARS led its story with that statement and even quoted someone from the Onion piece, West Virginia
resident Swiderski, saying of Ahmadinejad, "I like him better."
Word of duping the Iranian agencies made its way through media sites and was also picked up by media
blogger Jim Romenesko.
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