Iranian News Agency Mistakes Onion Article for Actual News

“Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama,” reads a headline posted today by Iran’s FARS News Agency, which has been described as “semi-official” outlet with ties to the Iranian government. If it sounds like something cooked up by the folks at the Onion, that’s because it is–apparently, someone at the Iranian agency came across this hilarious post and took it for an actual news story. The best part? Not only did FARS miss the joke, they plagiarized the Onion story wholesale, without even crediting the fake news outlet.

From FARS/The Onion:

TEHRAN (FNA)- 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.

“I like him better,” said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Ahmadinejad than spend time with Obama.

“He takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.”

According to the same Gallup poll, 60 percent of rural whites said they at least respected that Ahmadinejad doesn’t try to hide the fact that he’s Muslim.