The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . News Agency Cites “The Onion” as Fact

Fars, the Iranian government-backed news agency, last Friday cited an article from The Onion as fact. The article said most rural Americans prefer Iranian President Ahmadinejad that President Obama. I cracked up when I read this, but then I realized there might be some truth in it if the rural Americans in question don’t understand Farsi and don’t allow translators. Particularly during election season. . . The worst part? Some of those at Fars still believe the story even after they found out The Onion is a satirical paper.

image aljazeera.com

Read the full story here. Iran Apologizes for Citing Onion Spoof Obama Poll as Fact

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All the best to all of you for knowing satire from truth.

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30 comments on “The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . News Agency Cites “The Onion” as Fact

  1. How do you say “The Onion” in Farsi? I think a satirical spin-off from Fars would be the best way to spin the gaffe.

  2. Catie Rhodes says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, Piper. You did up way more interesting stories than I do! Your Friday Apocalypse posts always make me laugh (and cringe). Off to Amazon to look at Vicki Hinze’s new book.

  3. amyshojai says:

    I always love your mash up! I’ll ask my husband about the Onion brouhaha and see what he’s reading about it. (The only Farsi I know are curse words …:)) It makes you wonder how much the American press gets wrong about other countries. Oh, the stories I could tell…(but I don’t do politics, religion, or raw food for pets discussions…)

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I’d love to hear what your husband has to say. Personally, I’m doing a *face palm* on behalf of my Persian friends who can’t do one for themselves because it would be dangerous for their families back in the Old Country.

  4. kadja1 says:

    Need to share that PSA with my son! LMAO! Thanks for this! It rocks!

  5. tomwisk says:

    Liked the Bum-Bum link. The video of the candidates showing their best side was perfect. It reminded me of the lineup of media pundits who’ve inaugurated Romney, buried Obama and generally defecated all over the airwaves. It’s October, for Pete’s sake, most voters don’t make their choice until they pull the curtains shut and second guess in the parking lot.

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I thought you might be one of the ones who would appreciate that Bum-Bum bit. And that’s an excellent observation about the election. I can’t count the times I’ve heard people trying to figure out who’s running for what and what all of the referendums mean while I’m standing in line to vote.

  6. I just read some of those tweets because, amazingly, I had read most of these posts! That said, thanks for the reminder to buy the Emotion Thesaurus!

    Have a great weekend! I’ll be breaking in my boots. Ouch. ;-)

  7. I prefer The Onion to real news, they seem to get to the bottom of things in their own oblique way. Same as the Brazilians, really. :-)

    • Piper Bayard says:

      I, too, prefer the Onion. I can generally get the facts from it under the humor. At least the main facts. No fewer facts overall than the main news agencies as a general rule. Glad you enjoyed those Brazilians. :)

  8. Julie Glover says:

    Those debate tweets were awesome, and I am ashamed to admit clicking on the bum-bum link (after which there was wincing and regret). The zombies can’t come soon enough. In fact, maybe we should grab two of them for a debate.

  9. I made my husband leave his workout to show him Nathan Fillion’s Swamp Ass message…LOL! Love it!

  10. I`m still laughing about waiting for the swimsuit competition. Among others. Hilarious. I needed a good laugh today- this post was just what I needed. Thanks dear.

  11. Love your mashups! The tweets were sweet, but I just love Nathan Fillion. Of course, Firefly, but have you seen him in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog?

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