Weird news: Iranian news agency reposts Onion article

The Fars News Agency reprinted a parody story on how rural whites prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama

By Natasha Lennard

Published September 28, 2012 4:23PM (EDT)

A major Iranian news agency, the Fars News Agency, is evidently not familiar with America's most popular parody news source. Without attribution, the news site affiliated with the Islamic Revolutions Guards Corps reprinted an Onion story, which read, "According to the results of a Gallup poll released Monday, the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama."

The Onion's made-up poll was accompanied by made-up comments, reprinted in full by the Fars News Agency, including: "[Ahmadinejad] takes national defense seriously, and he'd never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does."

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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