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Published On: Mon, Oct 1st, 2012

Iran news source apologizes after publishing Onion’s satire poll

Iran’s Fars news agency has apologized to its readers for publishing – as fact – a fake news article by the US satirical website the Onion.

Fars on Friday picked up the story about a supposed survey showing an overwhelming majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, than Barack Obama, the US president.

But the story was made up, like everything in the just-for-laughs newspaper, which is headquartered in Chicago.

The English-language service of Fars republished the story several days after it appeared in the Onion.

“Unfortunately an incorrect item was released on our website on Friday which included a fake opinion poll on popularity rate of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and US President Barack Obama,”  the news agency’s editor in chief was quoted as saying on the Fars website.

“The news item was extracted from the satirical magazine, the Onion, by mistake and it was taken down from our outlook in less than two hours.

“Although it does not justify our mistake, we do believe that if a free opinion poll is conducted in the US, a majority of Americans would prefer anyone outside the US political system to President Barack Obama and American statesmen,” he added.

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