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Chinese paper fooled by The Onion

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  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/27/world/asia/north-korea-china-onion/index.html

    Onion: We just fooled the Chinese government!

    (CNN) -- China, as one Twitter user wrote Tuesday, has been fooled by the "mysterious Western art of satire."

    The merciless comedy website The Onion has declared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un the "sexiest man alive for 2012." And it appears China's People's Daily Online has taken the story seriously.

    "I love this one," Onion editor Will Tracy told CNN. "It has a certain delightfulness to it."

    The Chinese story reprinted satirical comments describing Kim's "air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side," his "impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and," the story says, "that famous smile."

    The story on People's Daily Online on Tuesday illustrates the mutual backscratching that China and North Korea exercise through their government-run media. The incident also shows foreign media outlets' difficulty in navigating The Onion's brand of satire.

    The Chinese website had underscored its story by including its own 55-page photo gallery to accompany the text, which was published in both English and Chinese. But the pages and the images were no longer available Wednesday.

    A woman responding to a call Wednesday to the office of the website said it was "impossible that the People's Daily will quote from any unreliable media -- we do verify our news and sources."

    The woman, who declined to identify herself, noted that the item had been removed.

    The People's Daily Online has a separate office from the print version of the Chinese Communist Party's main newspaper.

    Tracy said he's not surprised when legitimate news sites fall for his high-level tomfoolery, but this was the first time The Onion had named a "sexiest man alive." "We knew it would get a response," he said "but we didn't expect it would get life from abroad."
  2. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Well-Known Member

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  3. Cythim

    Cythim Benched

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    The people in China don't know the Onion, they only see an American media outlet legitimizing Kim-whoever. I don't think it matters to them that it is satire.
  4. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Satire... No idea what that is. All I know is your better crank out another 1000 Iwhatever's in the next hour or I will throw you off the roof... Says the nice manager.
  5. Illini88228

    Illini88228 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure "sexiest man alive" is a legitimizing title...
  6. TheDallasDon

    TheDallasDon AegonTheConqueror-Now bend the knee

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    What??? I don't buy this!!! Everyone knew the moment I wasn't chosen......that itwas a satire.

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