Propaganda Fail

Sep 28 2012 @ 8:14pm

Fars News Agency, Iran's state-run English news site, is the latest to fall into The Onion trap:

Fars onion

The Fars article doesn't even credit the original "story" - and was copied almost word for word, except, as Dashiell Bennett notes:

[T]he FARS story does contain one slight omission— a phrase describing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "a man who has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and has had numerous political prisoners executed." It seems they were paying close enough attention to notice that, but not that The Onion likes to make stuff up. (Or maybe they know and just don't care.) We rate this #journalismfail as just slightly less embarrassing than the time an Iranian news agency accidentally Photoshopped Jar Jar Binks into a story about missile tests.