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  9/29/2012, Tishrei 13, 5773

Iranian News Agency Duped by Satirical News Story


The Israeli Embassy in the U.S. had a field day after the Iranian state-run Fars News Agency used a made up report by the satirical news site The Onion, and passed it off as what they presumed to be real. 

The fake report stated that a new Gallup poll showed that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was overwhelming preferred over President Obama by rural white Americans.

The Onion headline, “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”, was immediately picked up by Fars and hours later the news agency ran an identical story. 

The Israeli Embassy found this all too amusing, writing on Twitter, “Dear Iran (@khamenei_ir): @TheOnion is not a reliable source for US opinion…”, the tweet then referred the Iranians to a real Gallup Poll which showed that 87% of Americans view Iran in an unfavorable manner.