Iranian News Agency Fooled by The Onion

    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 05:  A copy of the Onion is seen in a news rack May 5, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Satirical newspaper the Onion is ceasing publication in Los Angeles and San Francisco citing low ad revenue despite an increasing circulation. The Onion, which has a circulation of 60,000 in San Francisco, will continue to publish in other markets like Chicago and New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Well that’s embarrassing. Iran’s official FARS News Agency ran a surprising story on its website Friday about a Gallup poll in which 77 percent of rural white Americans said they’d rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than with U.S. President Barack Obama. Additionally, the same poll revealed that 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t hide the fact that he’s Muslim. The problem with all of this—the poll wasn’t real. It was part of a fake story published by satirical website The Onion. D’oh!

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